Born This Day in 1832: Édouard Manet


Joyeux Anniversaire, Cher Édouard  Manet!

Édouard Manet
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Portrait by Nadar, 1874
Birthname Édouard Manet
Born 23 January 1832
Paris, France
Died 30 April 1883 (aged 51)
Paris, France
Nationality French
Field Painting, printmaking
Movement Realism, Impressionism
Works The Luncheon on the Grass (Le Déjeuner sur l’Herbe), 1863;
Olympia, 1863;
The Bar at the Folies-Bergère (Le Bar aux Folies-Bergère), 1882;Young Flautist or The Fifer (Le Fifre), 1866



Henri Matisse at Centre Pompidou through 18 June

Painter Henri Matisse, by Carl van Vechten, 1933

The Matisse show in Paris at Pompidou Centre is now open, and shall continue until June 18th, 2012.

We wanted to challenge the received wisdom that he was a happy painter, an easy painter, a sort of virtuoso of simplicity and joy,” said exhibition curator Cecile Debray.

“Matisse was obsessive, worried, wracked with doubt from the beginning to the end, and he showed it in his painting through this constant multiplication and exploration,” she said.


Edgar Degas

The Absinthe Drinkers, Oil Painting by Edgar Degas, 1876

The Absinthe Drinkers, Oil on Canvas 36 1/4″ X 26 3/4″, 1876 By French Painter Edgar Degas, 1876

How to Serve Absinthe, also known as “The Green Fairy”, a Gourmet Magazine Video

The Absinthe Drinkers is in the Collection of Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Edgar Degas (19 July 1834 – 27 September 1917), born to an aristocratic banking family in Paris as Hilaire-Germain-Edgar de Gas (pronounced [ilɛʀ ʒɛʁmɛ̃ ɛdɡɑʀ dœˈɡɑ]), was a French artist famous for his work in painting, sculpture, printmaking and drawing. He is regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism although he rejected the term, and preferred to be called a realist. A highly-skilled draftsman, Degas is especially identified with the subject of classical ballet, and more than half his works, both drawings and paintings, depict dancers. These creations display Degas’ mastery in the depiction of movement, as do his racecourse subjects (horses in motion at the tracks in France) and female nudes. His portraits are considered to be among the finest in the history of art.

Early in his career, his ambition was to be a history painter, a calling for which he was well prepared by his rigorous academic training and close study of classic art. In his early thirties he changed course, and by employing the traditional methods of a history-painter on contemporary subject matter, he became a classical painter of modern French life.


Racehorses at Longchamps, Edgar Degas, 1866

Self-Portrait of Edgar Degas, 1855

©M-J de Mesterton 2006