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Edouard Manet

Edouard Manet
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Edouard Manet Biography

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.

Edouard Manet 106 Most Important Paintings and Artworks

Edouard Manet Bibliography

Henri Perruchot. La vie de Manet. Hachette, Paris. 1959.

French Paintings from the Hermitage, Leningrad. Aurora. Leningrad. 1975.

Painting of Europe. XIII-XX centuries. Encyclopedic Dictionary. Moscow. Iskusstvo. 1999.

Edouard Manet: Rebel in a Frock Coat by Beth Archer Brombert. University of Chicago Press, 1997.

Manet: The Still-Life Paintings by Henri Loyrette, Musee D'Orsay, Walters Art gall, George L. Mauner. Harry N Abrams, 2001.

The Last Flowers of Manet by Andrew Forge, Robert Gordon. Harry N Abrams, 1999.

Manet: The Still Life Paintings by George Mauner. Harry N Abrams, 2001.

Alias Olympia: A Woman's Search for Manet's Notorious Model & Her Own Desire by Eunice Lipton. Cornell University Press, 1999.

Manet's Modernism: or, The Face of Painting in the 1860s by Michael Fried. University of Chicago Press, 1998.

Masters of Art: Manet by Pierre Courthion. Harry N Abrams, 1984.

Manet/Velazquez: The French Taste for Spanish Painting by Gary Tinterow, Genevieve Lacambre, Deborah L. Roldan. Yale University Press, 2003.

Manet and the Sea by Juliet Wilson-Bareau, David Degener. Yale University Press, 2003.

Manet's'Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe' (Masterpieces of Western Painting) by Paul Hayes Tucker. Cambridge University Press, 1998.

Manet Manette by Carol Armstrong, Edouard Manet. Yale University Press, 2002.

Twelve Views of Manet's Bar by Bradford Collins. Princeton University Press, 1996.