Vilified throughout his life for his style as well as the subject matter of his work, the French painter Édouard Manet (1832-1883) is now recognized as a key figure in art history, having bridged the gap between Realism and Impressionism.
In his work, Manet used painting to depict surprisingly modern scenes, inspired by the world around him, especially Parisian city life. He captured the city's gardens, parks and cabarets, often drawn to the thrill of the underworld or reveling in a provocative subject. In Paris, the Salon rejected his Luncheon on the Grass, featuring a naked woman surrounded by clothed men, while the openly uninhibited pose and defiant gaze of the prostitute in Olympia, an eminently modern reinvention of Titian's Venus of Urbino, caused a scandal.
Through magnificent illustrations, this book presents Manet's work and his unique style, combining Realism, Impressionism, and references to the great masters of painting, a style that would open up a bold new field for the modernist generations to come.