Introduction
Modern Paris
Artistic Strategies
Context
from left to right:
Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet, 1872;
Marcellin-Gilbert Despoutin, Renoir Seated, 1877;
Camille Pissarro, Self-Portrait, c. 1890;
Edgar Degas, Self-Portrait, probably 1857.

Manet exhibited The Railway at the Paris Salon of 1874. The impressionists pictured above were among the progressive artists who sought an alternative to this official, juried Salon. Manet was invited to join them in their independent exhibition held in that spring. But he chose to exhibit in the arena where, for years, his work had invoked both respect and protest.

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