Artist: Édouard Manet

Laughed at in his day for being too sketchy, The Boss of Impressionism knew how to use colour; portray, in particular, women and occasionally mock pretentious people in his paintings. Died relatively young (1832-1883), from syphilis. Dirty boy.
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"Plum Brandy by Edouard Manet 1878. Pose by actress Ellen Andree, who earlier posed for Degas' in 'Absinthe', which was a comment on alcoholism. In Manet's she looks positively healthy!" Richard Ambrose

"Plum Brandy by Edouard Manet 1878. Pose by actress Ellen Andree, who earlier posed for Degas' in 'Absinthe', which was a comment on alcoholism. In Manet's she looks positively healthy!" Richard Ambrose

Berthe Morisot with a Bouquet of Violets(not pictured), 1872. For me, his best work. Try copying it and you'll appreciate it more.

Berthe Morisot with a Bouquet of Violets(not pictured), 1872. For me, his best work. Try copying it and you'll appreciate it more.

Édouard Manet, Self Portrait with Palette; 1878-1879. He deliberately blurs out the hand and palette so the viewer focuses on the facial expression.

Édouard Manet, Self Portrait with Palette; 1878-1879. He deliberately blurs out the hand and palette so the viewer focuses on the facial expression.

Detail of painter Berthe Morisot(wife of Manet's brother Eugene) in The Balcony (1868-1869). Berthe wrote at the time about the painting, 'I am more strange than ugly'.

Detail of painter Berthe Morisot(wife of Manet's brother Eugene) in The Balcony (1868-1869). Berthe wrote at the time about the painting, 'I am more strange than ugly'.

Eduard Manet. Nana 1877. Actress Henriette Hauser poses as a courtesan (high-end prostitute). Rejected by The Salon on  grounds of  indecency, when displayed in a shop window it almost caused a riot, but it was like that in '77.

Eduard Manet. Nana 1877. Actress Henriette Hauser poses as a courtesan (high-end prostitute). Rejected by The Salon on grounds of indecency, when displayed in a shop window it almost caused a riot, but it was like that in '77.

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