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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