An Unrecognized Inspiration: An Analysis of the Influence of Édouard Manet

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Shannon Gill

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Dr. Brigitte Hamon-Porter

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Although nineteenth century painter Édouard Manet was a well-recognized painter of his era, he has become less of a household name over time. Nonetheless, he was an innovative artist who left an undeniable impact on the world of art. His influential career started with the practice of Realism and, after tiring of this style, he soon began to break societal expectations by depicting uncommon subjects and practicing a less accepted approach to painting. His revolutionary ideas introduced the art movement of Impressionism and impacted celebrated artists such as Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. While the familiarity of his name has decreased with time, his groundbreaking style of painting and use of colors continued to impact art movements well into the twentieth century. This research examines how Édouard Manet inspired the Impressionist movement and changed the world of art thereafter.

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