French painter Edouard Manet, who lived between 1832 and 1883, was born into a wealthy family. Her royal mother, Eugénie-Desirée Fournier, was the granddaughter of Prince Charles Bernadotte of Sweden. His father, Auguste Manet, was a French judge.
Considered by many art historians as the father of modern art and one of the most controversial artists of his time, Manet has revealed that innovation is not always welcomed by society, but it is a door opening to the future.
Manet knew early in life that his ultimate desire was to become an artist, and he found support from his uncle to pursue the field. Together with his uncle, the duo visited the Louvre, where he got more inspiration to hone their artistic skills. In 1845, encouraged by his uncle, he decided to enroll in a painting course. He soon met Antonin Proust, an art enthusiast who became one of his dearest friends.
Édouard Manet Painting Technique, Style
He was inspired by Gustave Courbet in his early works. Many of Manet's mid-1850s artworks depicted contemporary themes and everyday life situations, including bullfights, people in sidewalk cafes, singers, and Gypsies. The brushstrokes were also quite loose, and the details were rather simplified and lacked too many transitional tones.
The sense of imperfection and photographic lighting in his works made them appear modern and contrasted with the renaissance works that Manet copied or sourced. Part of the reason why his paintings are described as "early modern" is his use of black as the background for the figures. Thus, the attention of the viewer was focused on the shapes. Manet moved among other progressive thinkers who believed that art should represent modern life, not history or mythology.
Manet, who was friends with painters such as Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley, Paul Cézanne and Camille Pissarro, who were the pioneers of the Impressionism movement, preferred to exhibit his works in the Paris Salon instead of independent exhibitions. However, when he was not accepted to the Paris Salon in 1867, he opened his own exhibition. During the painter's lifetime, he did not get on well with critics. His works in this exhibition received negative reviews from major critics. However, in 1867, Emile Zola was supporting Manet and explaining his value to the public by publishing his article “Edouard Manet, Biophysics and a Critical Review”. In response, Manet painted a portrait of Emile Zolani.
Manet reflected the entertainments of the high class with his painting titled The Masquerade Ball in the Opera, and the excitement and energy of the jokers during the horse race with his painting The Race at Longchamp.
Édouard Manet Famous Works, Paintings
Manet passed away at the age of 51; Christ the Gardener (1859), Spanish Singer (1860), Concert in the Tuileries Gardens (1862), Lunch on the Country (1863), Olympia (1863), Portrait of Madame Brunet (1867), The Execution of Emperor Maximilian (1868), Emile He left many works such as Portrait of Zola (1868), House on the Rueil (1882) and many more.
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