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Edouard Manet
French Painter

1832 - 1883

There is only one true thing: instantly paint
what you see. When you've got it, you've got it.
When you haven't, you begin again.
All the rest is humbug.

                                                                           —Edouard Manet

Edouard Manet was born on January 23, 1832 in Paris. He is often identified with the "Impressionists," and was influenced by them. However, because of the Paris art world's generally hostile regard for Impressionism, he chose not to exhibit with them. He preferred to show his work in the more conservative exhibitions sponsored by the French government.

Manet learned to paint in the traditional style, but his work became more spontaneous after his exposure to Claude Monet and the other "Impressionists." He used expressive outline, severe lighting contrasts, bold color and rich texture to portray the world around him.

Manet scandalized the people of Paris with a number of works containing nudes painted in bold poses with direct, outward gazes. While it was popular during his time to paint scenes from the Bible and ancient history, Manet painted scenes from 19th Century history, including one work featuring the execution of Emperor Maximillian of Mexico in 1867.

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  • Edouard Manet: Rebel in a Frock Coat - Author: Beth Archer Brombert

    This biography portrays a complex artist and of his era. It explores the sharply defined duality Manet maintained between his public and private personas, and gives readers a deeper understanding of why his paintings outraged many of his peers.

    Click here to purchase the Paperback edition of "Edouard Manet: Rebel in a Frock Coat"

  • Manet: A New Realism - Authors: David Spence, Tessa Krailing

    This short book is an excellent introduction to Edouard Manet, impressionism and art appreciation, both for classrooms and home libraries. Full-color illusrations.

    Click here to purchase the Paperback edition of "Manet: A New Realism"

  • Manet's Le Dejeuner Sur L'Herbe - Authors: Paul Hayes Tucker (Editor)

    Edouard Manet's controversial painting "Le Dejeuner Sur L'Herbe" is one of the best known images in French art. The subject of critical analysis for more than a century, it still defies singular interpretations. These six essays by leading scholars of French modern art incorporate close examinations of its radical style and novel subject, relevant historical developments and archival material, as well as biographical evidence that prompts psychological inquiries.

    Click here to purchase the Hardcover edition of "Manet's Le Dejeuner Sur L'Herbe"

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Article written by Robin Chew - January 1996