Name: Edouard Manet
Born: January 29, 1832
Died: April 30, 1883
Edouard Manet was born into the ranks of the Parisian bourgeoisie. His Mother, Eugenie-Desiree Fournier, was a woman of refinement and god daughter of Charles Bernadotte, the Crown Prince of Sweden. His father was a Magistrate and Judge.
Manet is generally considered to be the father of the Impressionist movement.
Manet entered the studio of Thomas Couture where he studied until 1856. In 1859 he was rejected by the official Paris Salon. Eugene Delacroix intervened on his behalf and in 1861 Manet's paintings were accepted by the Salon and he received favorable press, later exhibiting at the Galerie Martinet in Paris
It was during the early 1860s his friendships with Charles Baudelaire and Edgar Degas began.
He assumed the role of mentor and gave inspiration to the likes of Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley, Camille Pissarro, and Paul Cezanne. In turn they influenced his later works.
In 1881 an ailing Manet was decorated with the Legion d'Honneur. In later life his works became very sought after and for a short time he was able to enjoy the acclaim he deserved.
Manet died in Paris in 1883 and a memorial exhibition of his work took place at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts the following year.
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