01/23/1832: Edouard Manet born

Manet's "Dejeuner sur l'herbe" scandalized the critics but won him the enthusiasm of a group of young painters who became the forerunners of the Impressionists.

A painter and printmaker who in his own work accomplished the transition from the realism of Gustave Courbet to Impressionism. Manet broke new ground in choosing subjects from the events and appearances of his own time and in stressing the definition of painting as the arrangement of paint areas on a canvas over and above its function as representation. Exhibited in 1863 at the Salon des Refusés, his Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe ("Luncheon on the Grass") aroused the hostility of the critics and the enthusiasm of a group of young painters who later formed the nucleus of the Impressionists. His other notable works include Olympia (1863) and A Bar at the Folies-Bergère (1882).

View more of Manet's work at
Web Museum.

1 comment:

Franz Kline said...

Looks like he had more than the standard OTBL brand pallette of black or white that I use in all of my paintings.


I also see a touch of red mixed in on those trees in the background. Manet must have been a communist.