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Edouard Manet

Geburtstag: 23. Januar 1832
Todesdatum: 30. April 1883


Édouard Manet war ein französischer Maler. Er gilt als einer der Wegbereiter der modernen Malerei.

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„He has no talent at all, that boy! You, who are his friend, tell him please to give up painting.“

— Edouard Manet
spoken to Claude Monet about Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1874), as quoted by John Rewald, The History of Impressionism, Vol.1 (1961).

„I beg you, if I die, don't let me go piecemeal into the public collections, my work would not be fairly judged. I want to get in complete or not at all... Please, please, promise me one thing, never let my things go into a museum piecemeal.“

— Edouard Manet
remark to his friend Antonin Proust; as cited in: Manet by Himself, p. 304; as quoted in The private lives of the Impressionists Sue Roe; Harpen Collins Publishers, New York 2006, p. 241 Antonin Proust had recently become minister of Arts in France


„I am influenced by everybody. [and Willem de Kooning admitted: 'every time I put my hands in my pockets I find someone else's fingers there'].“

— Edouard Manet
Willem de Kooning quotes Manet in a conversation in 1968, with art-critic Harold Rosenberg; as cited in Willem De Kooning, 1904-1997 : Content as a Glimpse, Barbara Hess; Taschen, 2004, p. 67

„I never imagined that France could be represented by such doddering old fools, not excepting that little twit Thiers...“

— Edouard Manet
Quote from Manet's letter to Félix Bracquemond (18 March 1871); as cited in Manet by Himself (1995) by Julliet Wilson-Bareau


„No one knows what it feels like to be constantly insulted [by art-critics in Paris]. It sickens and destroys you... The fools! They've never stopped telling me I'm inconsistent [in his painting style]; they couldn't have said anything more flattering.“

— Edouard Manet
quote of Manet, recorded by his friend Antonin Proust in his last years, Manet by Himself, p. 304, as quoted in The private lives of the Impressionists, Sue Roe; Harpen Collins Publishers, New York 2006, p. 241

„The Bellevue air [suburb outside Paris with curative waters] has done me a world of good... But Alas! Naturalist painting is more in disfavor than ever.“

— Edouard Manet
quote in a letter to Emile Zola, June 1880; as quoted by Colin B. Bailey, in The Annenberg Collection: Masterpieces of Impressionism and Post-impressionism, publish. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2009, p. 16 - note 5 Manet had severe rheumatism and visited in 1879 a clinic in the same location, Bellevue, a suburb outside Paris with curative waters


„I was painting modern Paris while you were still painting Greek athletes..“

— Edouard Manet
quote from The Impressionists at first hand, by Bernard Denvir; Thames and Hudson, London 1991, p. 78 remark to his friend Edgar Degas, (quoted by George Moore circa 1879). Later Degas reacted: 'That Manet, as soon as I started painting dancers, he did them.'

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