National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION

Tour: Manet and His Influence

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image of The Old Musician image of The Dead Toreador image of Still Life with Melon and Peaches
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image of Oysters image of The Cradle - Camille with the Artist's Son Jean image of The Tragic Actor (Rouvière as Hamlet)
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When Edouard Manet began to study painting in 1850, Paris' familiar, broad, tree-lined streets did not yet exist, and the life of the city was not a subject artists explored. Young artists could expect to succeed only through the official Academy exhibitions known as Salons, whose conservative juries favored biblical and mythological themes and a polished technique. Within twenty-five years, however, both Paris and painting had new looks. Renovations had opened the wide avenues and parks we know today, and painting was transformed when artists abandoned the transparent glazes and blended brushstrokes of the past and turned their attention to new techniques and to life around them. Contemporary urban subjects and a bold style, which offered paint on the canvas as something to be admired in itself, gave their art a strong, new sense of the present.




1Edouard Manet, The Old Musician, 1862
2Edouard Manet, The Dead Toreador, probably 1864
3Edouard Manet, Still Life with Melon and Peaches, c. 1866
4Edouard Manet, Oysters, 1862
5Claude Monet, The Cradle - Camille with the Artist's Son Jean, 1867
6Edouard Manet, The Tragic Actor (Rouvière as Hamlet), 1866
7Frédéric Bazille, Young Woman with Peonies, 1870
8Edouard Manet, Masked Ball at the Opera, 1873