Edouard Manet

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(1832-1883)

Born the son of a wealthy French judge, Manet had to practically beg his father to be allowed to study art instead of law.

He was friends with almost all of the French impressionist painters, but considered himself a Realist (an artist that shows real scenes of daily life in accurate detail).

Most of the paintings that made him famous, were actually because they were laughed at and shunned by the art critics.

One of his masterpieces Le déjeuner sur l’herbe (Luncheon on the Grass), was actually rejected from the biggest art show in France, and put on display as a sort of joke.

Now we know him as the father of Impressionism, because of how many of the impressionist painters were influenced by him.

We hope you enjoy learning about him!

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Here’s a crossword puzzle to see how much your students know about impressionism!

Check out Walker Art Center’s collection of educational resources.
Over 70 educational activities and units are currently included on this site. The activities are organized by grade and by subject.

 This is a great documentary on Manet’s life and works. 

Parents be aware, there is controversial material all throughout this documentary. 

Émile Zola

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Oil on canvas.

c. 1868.

This portrait is of one of the few art critics that actually enjoyed Manet’s work.

This piece is kept at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris. Click here to check out their website!

Here’s an awesome video analysis from Khan Academy!

The Balcony

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Oil on canvas.

c. 1868-69.

Another portrait of Manet’s, so original because the viewer of the portrait seems to be floating in midair past the balcony.

This piece is kept at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris. Click here to check out their website!

Here’s an awesome video analysis from Khan Academy!

The Railway

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Oil on canvas.

c. 1872-73.

Manet captured this scene of two girls by a train station in their natural movements throughout the day. Almost like a photograph, painted.

This piece is kept at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. Click here to check out their website!

Here’s an awesome video analysis from Khan Academy!

Plum Brandy

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Oil on canvas.

c. 1877.

In this painting Manet puts us in the place of somebody passing by this young woman sitting in a restaurant, while she seems to mull her thoughts over a glass of plum brandy.

This piece is kept at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. Click here to check out their website!

Here’s an awesome video analysis from Khan Academy!

In the Conservatory

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Oil on canvas.

c. 1878-79.

In this moment, we see a man talking to a young woman, who seems to be vacant minded to the fact that he is even there.

This piece is kept in the Staatliche Museen in Berlin, Germany. Click here to explore their website!

Here’s an awesome video analysis from Khan Academy!

Corner of a Café-Concert

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Oil on canvas.

c. 1878-80.

Here Manet gives a scene of the hustle and bustle of a French cafe.

In the back, we can see people holding musical instruments.

This piece is kept at the National Gallery in London, England. Click here to check out their website!

Here’s an awesome video analysis from Khan Academy!

A Bar at the Folies-Bergère

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Oil on canvas.

c. 1882.

This is a painting of a young woman bar tending at a French night club.

This piece is kept at the Courtauld Gallery, London, England. Click here to check out their website!

Here’s an awesome video analysis from Khan Academy!

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