Who Was Édouard Manet? Get to Know the Legendary Artist [Infographic]

Edouard Manet Painter Impressionist Infographic

In 1863, a French modernist painter named Édouard Manet shook up Parisian society with his painting Luncheon on the Grass. Turned down by the Paris Salon, the painting was exhibited in the Salon des Refusés—a collection of works rejected by the artistic establishment of the day. The nude model lounging alongside several well-dressed men caught audiences off guard. However, for contemporary writer Émile Zola, “the Luncheon on the Grass is the greatest work of Édouard Manet, one in which he realizes the dream of all painters: to place figures of natural grandeur in a landscape. We know the power with which he vanquished this difficulty.”

Shaking up expectations—with subjects and scenes nonetheless grounded in the Old Masters—Manet became an inspiration for the rising young artists who would soon define the Impressionist movement. Although he considered himself a 19th-century Realist, Manet's portraits of Parisian characters, charismatic renderings of café life, and loosely painted florals established him as a transitional figure in art history.

Scroll down to learn more about the Father of Modernism in an infographic all about Manet.

Explore the works of Édouard Manet, a French painter who helped lay the groundwork for Impressionism.

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Madeleine Muzdakis

Madeleine Muzdakis is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and a historian of early modern Britain & the Atlantic world. She holds a BA in History and Mathematics from Brown University and an MA in European & Russian Studies from Yale University. Madeleine has worked in archives and museums for years with a particular focus on photography and arts education. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys hiking, film photography, and reading while cuddling with her cat Georgia.
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