Edouard Manet – Artwork & Bio of the French Painter

Edouard Manet was a French painter born on 23 January 1832 in Paris, France. He took drawing classes as a teenager and later took lessons in Thomas Couture’s studio. Despite his immense talent, Manet’s revolting traits saw his works constantly refused by the Salon. He responded by holding regular meetings with like-minded, talented painters and holding personal exhibitions.

Manet and The Salon frequently disagreed on the theme and subject of his paintings, leading to him holding personal exhibitions and receiving constant criticisms. At his eventual showing at the Salon in 1880, he won a second-place medal and the Legion of Honor the following year. Manet suffered a terrible illness that took his life on 30 April 1883 in Paris.

What was Edouard Manet Known For?

Edouard Manet was known for his depictions of urban life scenes. Subjects of his artwork varied from landscapes to genre scenes and others. Manet is regarded as one of the leading exponents of Realism and an immense influence on the development of Impressionism. He painted with bright colors and primarily used oil paints.

Who was Edouard Manet Influenced By?

Couture’s teachings influenced Manet’s choice of style. Though Couture was associated with the more academic painting style that Manet rejected, he implored his students to explore personal techniques. The works of Diego Velazquez and Francisco Goya influenced his style and subject matter after he visited Spain in 1865.

What Art Movement was Edouard Manet Associated With?

Edouard Manet was associated with the Realism art movement and Impressionism art movement. Manet painted naturalistic depictions of modern life, showing scenes of people and places with no fantastical features.

Edouard Manet Artwork

Manet’s artworks are in several public and private collections worldwide. In his relatively short career, which lasted a little over twenty years, Manet painted many masterpieces. Below are some of them

A Bar at the Folies-Bergere

A Boy with a Sword


Music in the Tuileries Garden



Self Portrait with a Palette

The Balcony

The Fifer

The House at Rueil

The Luncheon on the grass

The Old Musician

The Spanish Ballet

The Spanish Singer

Young Woman Reclining in Spanish Costume

All Edouard Manet Artwork on Artchive

Artwork Name Year Medium
Le Dejeuner sur L'Herbe 1862 - 1863 Oil on Canvas
Lilacs in a Vase c.1882 Oil on Canvas
Execution of the Emperor Maximilian 1868 Lithograph
Music in the Tuileries 1862 Oil on Canvas
Woman with Parrot 1866 Oil on Canvas
The Execution of Emperor Maximilian 1867 Oil on Canvas
A Bar at the Folies-Bergeres 1881-82 Oil on Canvas
Battle of the Kearsarge and the Alabama 1864 Oil on Canvas
Le serveuse de bocks (The Waitress) c.1879 Oil on Canvas
Portrait d'Emile Zola 1868 Oil on Canvas
The Railway 1872-73
Races at Longchamp c.1867 Oil on Canvas
The Balcony 1869 Oil on Canvas
The Fifer 1866 Oil on Canvas
The Lemon 1880 Oil on Canvas
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