Artists and Dates – Édouard Manet and April the 30th
I might have neglected this blog for a while as the good weather couldn’t be wasted sitting indoors, yet there was no way I was going to miss posting something on the 30th of April, especially when I found out that Édouard Manet was born on this day (me too!), BUT… it seems the website, I found this information on made a MISTAKE – he was born on January the 23rd, 1832, yet he died on the 30th of April, 1883. It’s really sad to talk about someone dying, but I absolutely adore one of Manet’s latest paintings (if you’re reading this, Sandra, Manet’s Bar at the Folies-Bergère, would be somewhere at the top of my 10 Favourite Paintings list), so I decided to still post something about this French painter today. To make everything less complicated as it already is I chose to share some very pretty images and a very brief “explanation” on who Manet was (if you get a chance to read his full biography, you should definitely do it):
Manet, who was classically trained at the École des Beaux-Arts, rejected historical painting to experiment with new techniques. He in turn, was consistantly rejected by the Salon. He was a founding father of Impressionism and was a crucial part of the famous Salon des Refusés in 1863.
Information for this post was found on: arthistory.about.com and p.giroud.free.fr