“Painters, and especially Édouard Manet,
who is an analytic painter,
do not share the masses’ obsession with the subject:
to them, the subject is only a pretext to paint,
whereas for the masses only the subject exists.”
— Emile Zola, 1867
BAR GIRL by Edouard Manet
BAR GIRL by Bob Kessel after Manet
Bob Kessel’s art series “MANET” features pictures based on the paintings of Edouard Manet like in the picture “BAR GIRL” shown above. These pictures are available as signed and numbered limited edition fine art prints. Contact Bob Kessel for pricing and availability.
“I need to work to feel well.”
- Edouard Manet
Édouard Manet 1832 – 1883, was a French painter. One of the first nineteenth century artists to approach modern-life subjects, he was a pivotal figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism.His early masterworks The Luncheon on the Grass and Olympia engendered great controversy, and served as rallying points for the young painters who would create Impressionism. Today these are considered watershed paintings that mark the genesis of modern art.
His early masterworks The Luncheon on the Grass ( Le déjeuner sur l’herbe ) and Olympia engendered great controversy, and served as rallying points for the young painters who would create Impressionism. Today these are considered watershed paintings that mark the genesis of modern art.
In 1863 Manet married Suzanne Leenhoff, a Dutch-born piano teacher of his own age with whom he had been romantically involved for approximately ten years. Leenhoff initially had been employed by Manet’s father, Auguste, to teach Manet and his younger brother piano. She also may have been Auguste’s mistress. In 1852, Leenhoff gave birth, out of wedlock, to a son, Leon Koella Leenhoff.
Manet died of untreated syphilis and rheumatism, which he contracted in his forties. The disease caused him considerable pain and partial paralysis from locomotor ataxia in the years prior to his death.
His left foot was amputated because of gangrene. He died eleven days later at the age of fifty-one in Paris in 1883, and was buried in the Cimetière de Passy in the city.
Bob Kessel with Manet print
OLYMPIA by Bob Kessel after Manet
ON THE BEACH by Bob Kessel after Manet
LUNCHEON ON THE GRASS (Le déjeuner sur l’herbe) by Bob Kessel after Manet
MONET PAINTING by Bob Kessel after Manet