Edouard Manet


Edouard Manet (1832-1883) was a French modernist painter whose work is celebrated for its candid realism. Works like Olympia, an entirely modern nude, broke the artistic convention that great art should not concern itself with contemporary life. By capturing Parisian café society, Manet inspired later artists to break entirely free from any artistic convention they wished.

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  • 1832 - 1883
    Life of the French modernist painter Edouard Manet.
  • 23 Jan 1832
    The modernist painter Edouard Manet is born in Paris.
  • 1849
    Edouard Manet becomes a naval cadet and sails to Brazil.
  • 1850
    Edouard Manet enrolls in the art school of Thomas Couture.
  • Jan 1852
    Léon-Edouard Leenhoff is born, probably the illegitimate son of Edouard Manet.
  • 1853
    Edouard Manet visits the art galleries of Italy and parts of northern Europe.
  • 1859
    Edouard Manet produces his first great work, The Absinthe Drinker.
  • 1861
    Edouard Manet's 'Monsieur et Madame Manet' and 'The Spanish Singer' are both accepted by the Paris Salon.
  • 1862
    Edouard Manet paints his 'Music in the Tuileries Gardens'.
  • 1863
    Edouard Manet's painting 'Lunch on the Grass' causes outrage when shown at the Paris Salon.
  • Oct 1863
    Edouard Manet marries Suzanne Leenhoff.
  • 1865
    Edouard Manet visits Spain.
  • 1865
    Edouard Manet's 'Olympia' causes outrage when shown at the Paris Salon.
  • 1867
    Edouard Manet sets up his own independent booth near the World Fair in Paris.
  • 1868
    Berthe Morisot meets fellow artists Edouard Manet at the Louvre.
  • 1869
    Edouard Manet's 'The Balcony' and 'Lunch in the Studio" are shown in the Paris Salon where they perplex viewers.
  • 1872
    Edouard Manet's 'Battle of Kearsage' and 'Alabama' are shown in the Paris Salon.
  • 1873
    Edouard Manet's 'Le Bon Bok' ('The Beer Drinker') is accepted by the Paris Salon.
  • 1874
    Edouard Manet and Claude Monet spend time together painting at Argenteuil on the Seine.
  • 1874
    Edouard Manet's 'Argenteuil' and 'The Railway Station' are shown in the Paris Salon.
  • 1875
    Edouard Manet visits Venice.
  • 1875
    Edouard Manet organises his own independent exhibition of his work in Paris.
  • 1877
    Edouard Manet's controversial 'Nana' is rejected by the Paris Salon.
  • 1879
    Edouard Manet's 'Boating' and 'In the Conservatory' are shown in the Paris Salon.
  • 1880
    Georges Charpentier organises a solo exhibition in Paris for Edouard Manet's work.
  • 1880
    Edouard Manet's 'At Père Lathuilles' is shown in the Paris Salon.
  • 1881
    Edouard Manet wins second prize at the Paris Salon for his portrait of the politician Henri Rochefort.
  • 1881
    Edward Manet is awarded the prestigious Légion d’Honneur.
  • c. 1881
    Edouard Manet paints his last masterpiece, 'Bar at the Folies-Bergère'.
  • 30 Apr 1883
    Edouard Manet dies in Paris.