Olympia (1863) by Edouard Manet

Olympia - Manet, Edouard - 1863 - 2

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ArtistEdouard Manet
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions130.5 x 190 cm
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationMusée d'Orsay, Paris
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About Olympia

Éouard Manet’s painting entitled ‘Inia’ was first exhibited at the Salon des Refusés in 1863 and today it is widely recognized as one of the most iconic works of art. People debated over the nudes in this painting, and Manet faced criticism from such conservative people. But even then, Olympia continues to be celebrated worldwide and can be seen at the Musée d’Orsay in France.

Manet’s painting Le Serveuse De Bocks (The Waitress) that was completed in 1879 is another considered masterpiece which continues to captivate viewers’ imaginations with its subdued palette and vibrant realism. This painting depicts a scene of an outdoor cafe featuring two women at a table discussing their problems. The figure of the waitress appears isolated from all other characters, reflecting a feeling of sadness that is palpable throughout the painting. This work reaffirms Manet’s reputation as one of history’s leading painters whose artwork still resonates today.

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