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Edouard Manet

Édouard Manet (1832-1883), a rebel of the 19th century, shattered artistic conventions with every stroke. He dared to depict modern life on canvas, unfiltered and raw, earning himself notoriety and, eventually, begrudging recognition.

Manet challenged propriety with subjects like a nude picnicking with fully clothed men in "Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe (Luncheon on the Grass)," or the infamous "Olympia," depicting a nude prostitute wielding a confrontational gaze directed squarely at the viewer. His brushstrokes, bold and flat, defied the smooth transitions of academic art, further unsettling the establishment.

But Manet was more than just a provocateur. He captured the elegance of Parisian cafes, the quiet intimacy of portraits, and the fleeting brilliance of bullfights with keen observation and a unique sense of light. Paintings like "The Bar at the Folies-Bergères" is a captivating snapshot of nightlife, its mirror reflecting the viewer back into the scene.

Manet paved the way for Impressionism and modern art, proving that art could be a reflection of society's present, not just idealized versions of the past. His scandalous strokes continue to resonate, reminding us that art can be a mirror to our world, warts and all, and that challenging conventions can pave the way for groundbreaking beauty.

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