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Édouard Manet (23 January 1832 – 30 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.
- 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
- He has no talent at all, that boy! You, who are his friend, tell him please to give up painting.
- 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)
- 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
- 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.
- Théophile Gautier, writing in Le Moniteur universel.
- I put it (a still life painting of a pear, made by Manet) there on the wall, next to Ingres' Jupiter; for a pear like that would overthrow any god.
- Edgar Degas' comment on a little still life painting, painted by his friend Manet during a conversation with the writer Moore around 1875; as quoted in “The private lives of the Impressionists”, Sue Roe, Harpen Collins Publishers, New York 2006, p. 117
- He (Manet, ed.) hits of the tone.. ..but his work lacks unity and temperament too. (quote, ca. 1863)
- Quote by Paul Cézanne, in: Cézanne, by Ambroise Vollard, Dover publications Inc. New York, 1984, p. 27
- Here you are, put this somewhere, on your work table. You must always have this before your eyes.. ..It’s a new order of painting. Our Renaissance starts here.. ..There’s a pictorial truth in things. This rose and this white lead us to it by a path hitherto unknown to our sensibility, (quote after 1897).
- Quote of Paul Cézanne in: 'What I know or have seen of his life'; Joachim Gasquet’s Cézanne, - a Memoir with Conversations, (1897 - 1906); Thames and Hudson, London 1991 p. 71
- Cézanne is referring to a photo of the famous painting 'Olypmpia', painted by Manet
- Let's not eliminate nature. Too bad if we fail. You see, in his 'Dejeuner sur l'herbe', Manet ought to have added - I don't know what - a touch of this nobility (of the painter Giogioni), whatever it is in this picture that conveys heaven to our every sense. Look at the golden flow of the tall woman, the other one's back.. .They are alive and they are divine, (quote after 1898).
- Quote of Paul Cézanne in: 'What he told me – II. The Louvre'; Joachim Gasquet’s Cézanne, - a Memoir with Conversations, (1897 - 1906); Thames and Hudson, London 1991 p. 186
- Cezanne makes this critical remark on Manet, standing in the Louvre museum, in front of the painting 'Le concert Champêtre', painted by Giorgioni, ca. 1510
- Paintings by Edouard Manet
- Hecht Museum
- The Impressionsts: Manet at biography.com
- Édouard Manet at Olga's Gallery
- Works by Édouard Manet at Project Gutenberg
- Édouard Manet at Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, Connecticut
- The Walters
- smARThistory: Olympia
- smARThistory: Boating
- Manet Gallery at MuseumSyndicate
- Manet works at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts
- Édouard Manet at allpaintings.org