I think Edouard Manet was and influential artist of the 20th century  because he challenged the convention of art at that time.
Manet had an upper-class upbringing, but also led a bohemian life, and  scandalized the French Salon public with his disregard for academic conventions and his strikingly modern images of urban life.


He has long been associated with the Impressionists, and he was certainly an important influence on them – and he learnt much from them himself. now acknowledged that he also learnt from the Realism and Naturalism of his French contemporaries, and even from seventeenth century Spanish painting. His interest in Old Masters and contemporary realism gave him the crucial foundation for his revolutionary approach.

This is a video showing some of Manets work lovely music to accompany lovey art.


Manet’s modernity lies above all in his eagerness to update older genres of painting by injecting new content, or altering the conventional elements. He did this with an acute sensitivity to historical tradition and contemporary reality. This was also the root cause of many of the scandals he provoked. At that time people wanted to look at nice pictures with more pure meaning he was at the forefront of changing ideas that art could reflect real life and hold deeper meanings.

  • He is credited with popularising the technique of alla prima painting. Rather than build up colors in layers, Manet would immediately lay down the hue which most closely matched the final effect he sought. The approach came to be used widely by the Impressionists, who found it perfectly suited to the pressures of capturing effects of light and atmosphere whilst painting outdoors. Before this many art works almost slightly stale even though many had brilliant technique they lacked feeling even a depth of soul about them.

His loose handling of paint, and his schematic rendering of volumes, led to areas of “flatness” in his pictures. In the artist’s day this flatness may have suggested popular posters, or the artifice of painting – as opposed to its realism; today, critics see this quality as the first example of “flatness”  in modern art.    

  • Often people get confused with manet and monet the difference being manets word nearly always had solid black colour that stood out ie black suits backs hat adding a harshness to the picture that gave it atmospheric qualities

http://www.youtube.com/v/DQLwVtb8kDo?fs=1&hl=en_GB&color1=0x5d1719&color2=0xcd311b

This is a breif video on impressionism perhaps put a little  simplistic  but i like it.

 

enjoy the many works of EDOUARD MANET:

http://www.artcyclopedia.com/artists/manet_edouard.html

the life and works of Manet http:

http://www.musse-orsay.fr

http://www.MET.museum.org

http://www.mystudios.com/manet/manet.html

http://www.manetedouard.org/

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