Edouard Manet: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Edouard Manet, the French artist.

  • Edouard Manet was born on 23rd January 1832 in Paris, France.
  • His parents were wealthy. His mother was the goddaughter of the Swedish crown prince, Charles Bernadotte, and his father was a judge.

  • In 1848, the young Edouard Manet sailed to Rio de Janeiro on a training ship. He applied to join the navy, but twice failed the entrance examination.
  • He decided to follow his interest in art and received training from the painter Thomas Couture.
  • In the 1850s Manet travelled in Europe, visiting Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.
  • Manet opened his studio in 1856, producing paintings with subject matter including gypsies, bullfights and singers. He used loose strokes and his paintings appeared to be fresh and modern.

Edouard Manet

  • He was friends with some of the impressionist painters, such as: Claude Monet, Paul Cezanne and Edgar Degas.
  • He created lithographs for The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe.
  • He married Suzanne Leenhoff in 1863.
  • Some his most well-known works of art include: The Luncheon on the Grass, Music in the Tuileries, Olympia, The Cafe Concert, The Beer Drinkers, The Races at Longchamp, The Railway and A Bar at the Folies-Bergere.

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