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Edouard Manet

(1832-1883)

Biography

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Edouard Manet was born on January 23, 1832 in Paris into the family of August Manet, an officer in the Ministry of Justice, and his wife Eugénie-Désirée, née Fournier, daughter of a diplomat. His uncle, Edmond-Edouard Fournier, gave the boy his first lessons in drawing. In 1844-1848, Manet studied at the College Rollin, where he met his lifelong friend Antonin Proust. In 1848-49, he was trained as a sea cadet on a voyage to Brazil, but in April 1849 he failed his naval examinations and decided to switch to painting. He entered the studio of Thomas Couture, where he studied for 6 years, between 1850 and 1856. In 1856, he took a long travel through Europe.
            After traveling in Germany, Austria and Italy to study the Old Masters, Manet finally found the answer to all his questionings and aspirations for light and truth in the paintings of Velasquez and Goya at the Louvre. Influenced by these masters and by the example of Courbet, a French realist painter, he gradually evolved a new technique which presented modern aspects by modern methods. Read Edouard Manet's Full Biography

Edouard Manet. The Absinthe Drinker. The Absinthe Drinker. 1858-1859. Oil on canvas. Ny Carlsberg-Glyptotek, Copenhagen, Denmark. Order a Poster or Print
Edouard Manet. Portrait of M. and Mme. Auguste Manet (the Parents of Edouard Manet). Portrait of M. and Mme. Auguste Manet (the Parents of Edouard Manet). 1860. Oil on canvas. Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France. Read Note. Order a Poster or Print
Edouard Manet. Surprised Nymph (Nymphe surprise). Surprised Nymph (Nymphe surprise). 1861. Oil on canvas. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Read Note. Order a Poster or Print
Edouard Manet. The Street Singer. The Street Singer. c. 1862. Oil on canvas. The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA. Order a Poster or Print
Edouard Manet. The Old Musician. The Old Musician. c. 1862. Oil on canvas. The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, USA. Order a Poster or Print
Edouard Manet. Mlle Victorine Meurent in  the Costume of an Espada. Mlle Victorine Meurent in the Costume of an Espada. 1862. Oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA. Read Note. Order a Poster or Print
Edouard Manet. Portrait of Victorine Meurent. Portrait of Victorine Meurent. 1862. Oil on canvas. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA. Read Note. Order a Poster or Print
Edouard Manet. Lola de Valence. Lola de Valence. 1862. Oil on canvas. Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France. Read Note. Order a Poster or Print
Edouard Manet. Guitar and Hat. Guitar and Hat. 1862. Oil on canvas. Musée Calvet, Avignon, France. Order a Poster or Print
Edouard Manet. The Spanish Ballet. The Spanish Ballet. 1862. Oil on canvas. The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, USA. Order a Poster or Print
Edouard Manet. Music in the Tuileries Gardens. Music in the Tuileries Gardens. 1862. Oil on canvas. National Gallery, London, UK. Read Note. Order a Poster or Print
Edouard Manet. Oysters. Oysters. 1862. Oil on canvas. The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, USA. Order a Poster or Print
Edouard Manet. The Picnic on the Grass (also: Luncheon on the Grass, French: Le Déjeuner  sur l'Herbe). The Picnic on the Grass (also: Luncheon on the Grass, French: Le Déjeuner sur l'Herbe). 1862-1863. Oil on canvas. Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France. Read Note. Order a Poster or Print
Edouard Manet. Olympia. Olympia. 1863. Oil on canvas. Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France. Read Note. Order a Poster or Print
Edouard Manet. The Angels at Christ's  Tomb. (Les Anges au tombeau du Christ, Le Christ mort aux anges). The Angels at Christ's Tomb. (Les Anges au tombeau du Christ, Le Christ mort aux anges). 1864. Oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA. Read Note. Order a Poster or Print
Edouard Manet. Still Life with Eel and Red  Muller. Still Life with Eel and Red Muller. 1864. Oil on canvas. Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France. Order a Poster or Print
Edouard Manet. Peonies in a Vase. Peonies in a Vase. c.1864. Oil on canvas. Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France. Order a Poster or Print
Edouard Manet. Peony Stem and Shears. Peony Stem and Shears. 1864. Oil on canvas. Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France. Order a Poster or Print
Edouard Manet. Branch of White Peonies and  Shears. Branch of White Peonies and Shears. 1864. Oil on canvas. Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France. Order a Poster or Print
Edouard Manet. Still Life: Fruit on a Table. Still Life: Fruit on a Table. 1864. Oil on canvas. Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France. Order a Poster or Print
Edouard Manet. The Battle of the Kearsarge and the Alabama. The Battle of the Kearsarge and the Alabama. 1864. Oil on canvas. The John G. Johnson Art Collection, Philadelphia, PA, USA. Read Note. Order a Poster or Print
Edouard Manet. Women at the Races. Women at the Races. 1864-1865. Oil on canvas. Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, USA. Order a Poster or Print
Edouard Manet. The Dead Toreador. The Dead Toreador. 1864. Oil on canvas. The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, USA. Order a Poster or Print
Edouard Manet. The Tragic Actor (Rouvière  as Hamlet). The Tragic Actor (Rouvière as Hamlet). 1865-1866. Oil on canvas. The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, USA. Order a Poster or Print
Edouard Manet. Angélina. Angélina. 1865. Oil on canvas. Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France. Order a Poster or Print
Edouard Manet. Bull-Fighting Scene. Bull-Fighting Scene. 1865-1866. Oil on canvas. Private collection. Order a Poster or Print
Edouard Manet. A King Charles Spaniel. A King Charles Spaniel. c. 1866. Oil on canvas. The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, USA. Order a Poster or Print
Edouard Manet. Still Life with Melon and  Peaches. Still Life with Melon and Peaches. c.1866. Oil on canvas. The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, USA. Order a Poster or Print
Edouard Manet. Woman with a Parrot. Woman with a Parrot. 1866. Oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA. Order a Poster or Print
Edouard Manet. The Fifer. The Fifer. 1866. Oil on canvas. Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France. Order a Poster or Print
Edouard Manet. The Execution of the Emperor Maximilian of Mexico. The Execution of the Emperor Maximilian of Mexico. 1867-1868. Oil on canvas. Staatliche Kunsthalle, Mannheim, Germany. Read Note. Order a Poster or Print
Edouard Manet. The Execution of Emperor Maximilian. The Execution of Emperor Maximilian. 1867. Four fragments. Oil on canvas. National Gallery, London, UK. Read Note. Order a Poster or Print
Edouard Manet. The Universal Exhibition.  (L'Exposition universelle de 1867). The Universal Exhibition. (L'Exposition universelle de 1867). 1867. Oil on canvas. Nasjonalgalleriet, Oslo, Norway. Order a Poster or Print
Edouard Manet. Soldier (fragment of Soldier (fragment of "The Execution of Maximilian". 1867-1868. Oil on canvas. National Gallery, London, UK. Read Note. Order a Poster or Print
Edouard Manet. Portrait of Emile Zola. Portrait of Emile Zola. 1867-1868. Oil on canvas. Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France. Read Note. Order a Poster or Print
Edouard Manet. Portrait of Théodore  Duret. Portrait of Théodore Duret. 1868. Oil on canvas. Musée du Petit Palais, Paris, France. Read Note. Order a Poster or Print
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