In this gallery, we showcase 30 paintings by Edouard Manet (1832-1883), the French modernist artist who challenged the art Establishment with his choice of subjects and style. The selection here is presented in chronological sequence to show the artist's progression in style from his Spanish-inspired early works to the controversial nudes that gained him notoriety, and on to the later works which show the influence of impressionism. The gallery shows Manet's most celebrated works, family members, various haunts in Parisian café society, and his love of painting enigmatic characters in scenes capable of multiple interpretations.
An offence against modesty.
The reaction of Emperor Napoleon III (r. 1852-1870) to Manet's Lunch on the Grass.