Artist of the week
Edouard Manet (born in Paris January 23, 1832 - died in Paris April 30, 1883) is a major French painter of the late nineteenth century. Initiator of modern painting that frees academicism. Édouard Manet is wrongly regarded today as one of the fathers of Impressionism: it differs by his 'limited use of new techniques of color and the particular treatment of light. But it comes close through some recurring themes such as portraits, seascapes, still life in Paris.
His paintings, The Luncheon on the Grass or Olympia, scandalize the critics. Manet's rejected from official exhibitions. He mixed with artists who admire him as Henri Fantin-Latour or Edgar Degas and writers like Emile Zola which he painted a portrait remained famous.
He received the Legion of Honor on 1 January 1882. However, as a victim of syphilis and rheumatism, he suffers, in 1876, and his left leg amputated.
Edouard Manet died of gangrene at age 51 in 1883 and left more than four hundred paintings, pastels, watercolors and sketches.