Edouard Manet, a key figure in the history of modern painting: a great portraitist, creator of provocative, striking images of an era.
[Manet. Impressionism: the history and the beauty] Erudite, refined, a lover of ancient art and an attentive visitor of museums. But also open-minded, courageous, actively engaged with life, reality, the world. Manet is a key figure in the history of painting and a fascinating “case” among the Paris Impressionists: he never participated in any of the exhibitions of the movement, yet his death marked, in practice, the breakdown of the group.
Manet has left us the most penetrating portraits and the most provocative, striking images of an era: Paris on the threshold of modernity, awareness of a world in rapid evolution, a subtle, literary interpretation of society.