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EDOUARD MANET (French / 1832-1883)

Édouard Manet is the pivotal figure between Realism and Impressionism. His work was profoundly influenced by Hals and Velázquez, as well as contemporaries such as Courbet, but also by the Impressionists, through his friend and sister-in-law Berthe Morisot. His painting Bon Bock (or Le Bon Bock, the Good Beer), which shows all these influences, was a surprise success at the Salon of 1873; our etching of this subject, delicately handled by Frédéric Regamey, one of Manet's greatest admirers, is contemporary with the painting. We also have etchings, engravings, and wood engravings after Manet by other artists, including others of his social circle such as Henri Guérard and Alfred Prunaire. Guérard advised Manet on etching techniques and printed etchings for him; he also modelled for Manet paintings such as Au Café, and married Manet's student Eva Gonzales. Manet was himself an important printmaker, creating about 105 prints, of which the bulk were etchings. Manet picked up the techniques he needed from printmaker friends such as Alphonse Legros, Félix Bracquemond, and Henri Guérard. He was a founder member of the Société des Aquafortistes in 1862, and therefore centrally involved in the French Etching Revival. In fact most of Manet's etchings date from the 1860s, after which he tended to prefer lithography as a printmaking medium. We currently have two of Manet's own etchings, a portrait of his sister-in-law Berthe Morisot, and a portrait of the poet Charles Baudelaire. This aspect of Manet's art has been the subject of a succession of catalogues, the most recent of which is Jean C. Harris, Edouard Manet: The Graphic Work (revised edition, 1990). Exhibitions concentrating on Manet as a printmaker have been held at the Brooklyn Museum (1940), the National Gallery of Art, Washington (1962), the Art Institute of Chicago (1985), and most recently in 2012 the wittily titled Manet in Black at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

See also:

CLAUDE OSCAR MONET
FRÉDÉRIC REGAMEY
PIERRE-AUGUSTE RENOIR
FELIX BRACQUEMOND
HENRI GUERARD
ALPHONSE LEGROS

Selected prints by EDOUARD MANET

Un bar aux
Folies-Bergère, 1884
Etching
Baudelaire de profil
en chapeau, 1862
Etching
Berthe Morisot, 1872
Etching

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