Édouard Manet

1832 Born in Paris, the son of a bureaucrat in the Ministry of Justice.

1850 Enters the studio of Thomas Couture, the academic history painter.

1856 Sets up his own studio.

1860 The Guitarist is accepted by the Salon.

1862 Concert at the Tuileries Gardens is painted in the open air.

1863 Déjeuner sur l’herbe is rejected by the Salon jury but causes a sensation when exhibited at the Salon des Refusés which has been set up specifically to exhibit the many rejections from the official Salon. Marries Suzanne Leenhoff, his piano teacher.

1865 Olympia causes another scandal when exhibited at the Salon. The brazen gaze of the naked woman causes particular offense. Saddened and frustrated by the reception of Olympia, Manet decides to visit Spain.

1867 In the face of public hostility, Émile Zola publishes an article praising Manet in the Revue du XIX siècle.

1870 Manet serves as a lieutenant in the National Guard during the Siege of Paris.

1872 Paul Durand-Ruel buys a large quantity of canvases from Manet relieving him of increasing financial pressures. Visits the Netherlands where he is much influenced by the paintings of Frans Hals.

1874 Manet’s friendship with Claude Monet grows closer and the two paint together on the banks of the Seine at Argenteuil.

1875 Travels to Venice.

1880 Manet holds a one-man exhibition at the premises of the periodical La Vie Moderne.

1882 Exhibited his last great work, The Bar at the Folies Bergère at the Salon.

1883 In early April his left leg becomes gangrenous. This is amputated but he dies soon afterwards.



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Édouard Manet - Selected Works

1859 The Absinth Drinker, Copenhagen, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

1861 The Spanish Singer, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art

1862 The Old Musician, Washington DC, National Gallery of Art

1862 Music in the Tuileries Gardens, London, National Gallery

1862 The Street Singer, Boston, Museum of fine Arts

1863 Olympia, Paris, Musée d’Orsay

1863 DŽejeuner sur l’Herbe, Paris, Musée d’Orsay

1864 The Dead Christ, New York, Metropolitan Museum

1865 The Mocking of Christ, Chicago, Art Institute

1864–5 The Dead Toreador, Washington, National Gallery of Art

1866 The Fifer Boy, Paris, Musée d’Orsay

1867 Woman with a Parrot, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art

1868 Portrait of Emile Zola, Paris, Musée d’Orsay

1867–8 The Execution of the Emperor Maximilian, London, National Gallery

1869 The Balcony, Paris, Musée d’Orsay

1870 Portrait Of Eva Gonzalés, London, National Gallery.

1873 The Railway, Washington DC, National Gallery of Art

1874 Boating, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art

1873–4 Nina de Callias (The Lady with the Fans), Paris, Musée d’Orsay

1874 Argenteuil, Tournai, Musée des Beaux-Arts

1874 The Masked Ball at the OpŽéra, Washington DC , National Gallery of Art

1874 Claude Monet in his Studio Boat, Munich, Neue Pinakothek

1876 Portrait of Stéphen Mallarmé,Ž Paris, Musée d’Orsay

1877 Nana, Hamberg, Kunsthalle

1878 Plum Brandy, Washington, National Gallery of Art

1879 In the Conservatory, Berlin, Staatliche Museen

1880 Lady in a Fur Wrap, Vienna, Belvedere

1881 The Bar at the Folies-Bergere, London, Courtauld Institute Galleries

Édouard Manet - Featured Paintings

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