Édouard Manet

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I am influenced by everbody. But every time I put my hands in my pockets I find someone else's fingers there.
Conciseness in art is essential.The concise man makes one think.
Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe (The Luncheon on the Grass), 1862-63
Champ de Course à Longchamp (The Races at Longchamp), 1864

Édouard Manet (23 January 183230 April 1883) was a French painter. One of the first nineteenth century artists to approach modern-life subjects, his art bridged the divide between Realism and Impressionism.

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l'Exécution de Maximilien de Mexique (Execution of Emperor Maximilian of Mexico), 1868
  • I never imagined that France could be represented by such doddering old fools, not excepting that little twit Thiers...
    • Letter to Félix Bracquemond (18 March 1871), published in Manet by Himself (1995) by Julliet Wilson-Bareau
  • Only party hacks and the ambitious, the Henrys of this world following on the heels of the Milliéres, the grotesque imitators of the Commune of 1793... What an encouragement all these bloodthirsty caperings are for the arts! But there is at least one consolation in our misfortunes: that we're not politicians and have no desire to be elected as deputies.
    • Letter to Félix Bracquemond (21 March 1871), published in Manet by Himself (1995) by Julliet Wilson-Bareau
  • One must be of one's time and paint what one sees.
    • As quoted in Encyclopedia of Artists (2000) by William Vaughan and Christopher Ackroyd, p. 28
  • I am influenced by everbody. But every time I put my hands in my pockets I find someone else's fingers there.
    • As quoted by Willem de Kooning in Willem De Kooning, 1904-1997 : Content as a Glimpse (2004) by Barbara Hess

Portrait of Manet by himself and his contemporaries (1960)[edit]

Édouard Manet, ‎Pierre Courthion Portrait of Manet by himself and his contemporaries 1960/1983. Translation of La Grande Revue (10 August 1907)

  • Conciseness in art is essential and a refinement. The concise man makes one think; the verbose bores. Always work towards conciseness.
    • p. 98
  • In a face, look for the main light and the main shadow; the rest will come naturally — it's often not important. And then you must cultivate your memory, because Nature will only provide you with references. Nature is like a warden in a lunatic asylum. It stops you from becoming banal.
    • p. 98
  • You must always remain master of the situation and do what you please. No school tasks, ah, no! no tasks!
    • p. 99
  • We have reached that delightful moment when 'Impressionism' is about to be born, when its light (the formula for which has yet to be found) is still only a hint, a caress, in the silvery snows of Manet or in the pale skies of Pissarro. Ah, how one would like to prolong this moment of hesitation for ever, this moment of transition, when transparent blue shadows are putting black shadows to flight and bitumen disappears!
    • p. 212

Quotes about Manet[edit]

  • The leader, the hero of Realism, is now Manet. His partisans are frenzied and his detractors timid. It would seem that, if one refuses to accept Manet, one must fear being taken for a philistine, a bourgeois , a Joseph Prudhomme [JP, created by caricaturist Henri Monnier, was a personification of the vulgar self satisfied bourgeois who grew up under the July Monarchy], an idiot who cares for nothing but miniatures and painted porcelain[-]one examines oneself with a sort of horror[-]to discover whether one has become obese or bald, incapable of understanding the audacities of youth.

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