Edouard Manet is one of the most intriguing masters of Nineteenth century art. His unique style and technique mark him as an innovative painter, and indeed, Manet is often hailed as one of first truly modern artists. Art historians have tried to define Manet by associating his works with various Nineteenth century movements, including Realism, Impressionism, and even Symbolism. But it is clear that Manet went beyond these art movements and created his own personal style of painting.
Edouard Manet was born in Paris, France, in 1832. As a young man, his interest in art was encouraged by his family, and also by trips to the Mus�e du Louvre. However, Manet did not take the traditional route when he decided to become an artist. Instead of enrolling at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, he went to study with the painter Thomas Couture. Indeed, Manet developed the technique and style that would set him apart from his contemporaries in Couture's studio. In addition, Manet learned valuable lessons from some much older masters - he admired the works of Frans Hals, Diego Velázquez, and Titian. The painter was also influenced by life in Paris. He associated with writers and other intellectuals, including the poets Charles Baudelaire and St�phane Mallarm�. Finally, it is worth noting that Manet was inspired artistically by earthly muses such as his famous model Victorine Meurent. This inspiration can be seen in his paintings D�jeuner sur l'Herbe and Olympia.
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The Art Book
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