Luncheon on the Grass, 1863: Canvas Replica Painting: Grande
By artist Edouard Manet (1832-1883), in the Musee d'Orsay, Paris
Remaining controversial to this day, some suggest this work is a statement on the taboo of Parisian prostitution while others label it a treatise on the propriety of the time. French artist Manet often shocked the public with his statements in favor of individual freedom. Though he often broke with academic tradition, Manet's amazing skill still earns him a place in every mention of the 19th century's greatest artists. The authentic stretched canvas replica painting captures the original work's texture, depth of color, and even its subtle brushstrokes, which are applied by hand exclusively for Design Toscano. With bas-relief organic styling, the multi-tiered, replica European style frame is cast in quality designer resin and highlighted with an aged gold-toned finish.
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Grande: 47"Wx38"H framed (41"Wx32"H image size, 3.25"W frame)
   Edouard Manet (1832-1883)

Edouard Manet was born in Paris on January 23, 1832. Manet studied art in Paris with the academic French painter Thomas Couture. In 1886, Manet befriended the French novelist Emile Zola, who had championed Manet's art in the newspaper Figaro. Soon the duo was joined by a young group of French impressionist painters that included Claude Monet, August Renior, Alfred Sisley, Camille Pisasarro and Paul Cezanne, all who claimed to have been influenced by Manet's art and in turn influenced Manet.

Many Manet paintings did not gain recognition until late in the artist's life, when his portraits became much sought after. In 1882, one of his finest paintings, The Bar at the Folies-Bergere, received the prestigious art award the Legion of Honor--after being exhibited at the Salon. Edouard Manet died on April 30, 1883 leaving a vast collection of not only watercolors and pastels, but also 420 oil paintings.

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