Manet Edouard 1832 - 1883 (51)

It is not enough to know your craft - you have to have feeling. Science is all very well, but for us imagination is worth far more.


Édouard Manet was a French painter, one of the founders of modern art. Born on January 23, 1832 in Paris, he was raised in a bourgeois environment; his father was a judge, his mother daughter of a diplomat. His school performances were poor and when he took examinations for the Naval Academy he failed. In 1848 he boarded for a trip to Rio de Janeiro, stayed at sea for about a year. When he returned, he took again the examinations for naval academy; he failed again and decided to become a painter. Between 1850 and 1856 he studied at the studio of the academic painter Thomas Couture. At the same time he made several trips to Europe, coming into contact with the work of many artists.

He exhibited his first works in 1859 at the Salon of Paris, and then in 1863; the reviews were not encouraging and some of his paintings, like "Breakfast on Grass" and "Olympia" were considered provocative and erupted a scandal. However, he increased his influence in the artistic circles. In 1870 Manet served as a lieutenant in the Franco-Prussian war and in 1881 he was honored with the Medal of Honor. In 1883 he underwent amputation of his left leg due to gangrene and died eleven days later, on April 30, 1883, due to syphilis.

Edouard Manet paintings