Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Impressionism Artist of the Week - Edouard Manet

hmm- how can you discuss modern art and not include Edouard Manet? He should get as much credit as anyone for shattering the preconceived notions of the truly old school about what art is. Manet didn't use kid gloves either. His first real controversy came from this work, The Luncheon on the Grass. As you can see, what sparked the controversy is the nude woman having lunch with two men. I guess the subject matter made people, especially academics, more than a little uncomfortable. So when he submitted this to the Salon for exhibition, they rejected it. Thus kicking off a movement of artist that even though rejected by the standards then, were determined to get their works displayed. And they had support. Napoleon III gave them the "Salon of Rejects" to display the controversial works in. More later.

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