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A Bar at the Folies-Bergère

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Manet & Monet

Edouard Manet was not an Impressionist, but though he never exhibited with the Impressionist group, he was, however, venerated by them. They recognized the freedom both of his brushstrokes and his choice of subject. They had a powerful influence on his art too, and he employed impressionist techniques (painting in the open air, from life, a lighter palette, and so forth) when it pleased him so to do. In the early 1870s Manet met Monet. They painted together by and on the Seine at Argenteuil ("Monet! His boat is his studio!"). Antonin Proust, Manet's life-long friend, recorded the elder speaking about the younger painter:
"There's not one of the school of 1830 who can set down a landscape like him. And when it comes to water - he's the Raphael of water. He knows all its movements, whether deep or shallow, at every time of day. I emphasize that last phrase, because of Courbet's magnificent remark to Daubigny who had complimented him on a seascape: "it's not a seascape, it's a time of day". That's what people don't fully understand yet, that one doesn't paint a landscape, a seascape, a figure; one paints the effect of a time of day on a landscape, a seascape, or a figure."

Manet helped Monet financially, and in 1890 Monet organized a subscription by which Manet's 'Olympia' was bought for the French nation.

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Manet & the cafés of Paris
Baudelaire and the painters of modern life

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Seine at Argenteuil, 1874

Manet (Courtauld Institute of Art)

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Autumn effect at Argenteuil, 1873

Monet (Courtauld Institute of Art)

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