Who is Monet and who is Manet

Edouard Manet - His Life

Edouard Manet - A Revolutionary in Art?

Eduard Manet experienced rejection on the part of society for the greater part of his life as an artist. Several of his exhibitions were closed and received positive reactions from art critics. His art is not understood in his time and is therefore little appreciated. Exceptions are especially younger artists who want to understand his art and who sometimes revere him like a martyr. It was only towards the end of his life that Manet found acceptance as a portraitist in Parisian society.

Manet is not an adapted artist, neither for the public, nor with critics or with his art colleagues. With his paintings from 1863 "Breakfast in the Green" and "Olympia" he caused public scandals. He does not adhere to the contemporary conventions of nude painting, which allow "nudity" to be depicted only in connection with the "divine". Both paintings were exhibited in the Paris "Salon of the Rejected" (Salon des Refusés) in 1863 and 1865.

The background to the opening of the "Salon des Refusés" is controversial today. There is evidence that this exhibition was created on the basis of the initiative of Napoleon III, after the selection criteria for the "Paris Salon" came under criticism. There a jury decides on the approval of each individual image. The Rejected Salon offers space for precisely those artists and their works who are rejected by the jury.

But it is precisely because of this that many of the rejected works receive very special public attention. The paintings by Manet exhibited there also gain social attention and trigger disputes that go far beyond the effects of many works in the Paris Salon.

From 1870 Manet worked closely with Claude Monet. He is inspired to paint in the open air. The result is a looser brushwork and more varied themes in his later works.

Edouard Manet died on April 30, 1883 of the consequences of a leg amputation.

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