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Edouard Manet

Data de nascimento: 23. Janeiro 1832
Data de falecimento: 30. Abril 1883

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Édouard Manet foi um pintor e artista gráfico francês e uma das figuras mais importantes da arte do século XIX, considerado por estudiosos de artes plásticas como um dos mais importantes representantes do impressionismo francês, embora muitas de suas obras possuam fortes características do realismo.

Prefere os jogos de luz e de sombra, restituindo ao nu a sua crueza e a sua verdade, muito diferente dos nus adocicados da época. O trabalhado das texturas é apenas sugerido, as formas, simplificadas. Os temas deixaram de ser impessoais ou alegóricos, passando a traduzir a vida da época, e, em certos quadros, seguiam a estética naturalista de Zola e Maupassant.

Manet era criticado não apenas pelos temas, mas também por sua técnica, que escapava às convenções acadêmicas. Frequentemente inspirado pelos mestres clássicos e em particular pelos espanhóis do Século de Ouro, Manet influenciou, entretanto, certos precursores do impressionismo, em virtude da pureza de sua abordagem. A esta sua liberação das associações literárias tradicionais, cômicas ou moralistas, com a pintura, deve o fato de ser considerado um dos fundadores da arte moderna. Suas principais obras foram: Almoço na relva ou Almoço no Campo, Olímpia, A Sacada, O Tocador de Pífaro e A Execução de Maximiliano.

A Primavera, obra-prima de 1881 de Manet, foi vendida em Novembro de 2014 por US$ 65,13 milhões em um leilão em Nova York, um recorde de preço para uma obra do impressionista.

Citações Edouard Manet

„How I miss you here [his friend in Paris - Manet visited Madrid and the famous museums there], and how delighted you would have been to see Velázquez, who in himself alone is worth the journey... He is the painter of painters. He did not astonish me, but delighted me.“

—  Edouard Manet
Quote from Manet's letter to Fantin-Latour, Madrid 1865, as quoted in Letters of the great artists – from Blake to Pollock -, Richard Friedenthal, Thames and Hudson, London, 1963, (translation Daphne Woodward), p. 118

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„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

„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).

„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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„What a pelisse! It's tawny brown with an old gold lining – staggering. It will make a wonderful background for some things I'm thinking of doing. Promise that when it's worn out you'll give it to me [Méry promised! ].“

—  Edouard Manet
quote of Manet, c. 1881; as cited in The private lives of the Impressionists, Sue Roe; Harpen Collins Publishers, New York 2006, p. 232 Méry Laurent was posing for Manet's painting 'Autumn', one work of Manet's series of the seasons, he painted in 1881 – she had ordered the pelisse from Worth for that posing]

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„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

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