Art is passion of mine yet I’ve not been very intentional about enjoying it in recent years. I took art classes in college as electives. I’m one of those who cries in museums. So why haven’t I been exploring art? I don’t know but that’s about to change. This month I will spend some time enjoying the art of Édouard Manet.
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Manet, a French painter, was born into a wealthy family in Paris. He was encouraged in art by his uncle who took him to the Louvre. His father wanted him to pursue law but later relented after Manet twice failed the examination to join the navy.
Many of his paintings depicted Parisian café life and street scenes. The Café-Concert painted in 1879 is a fine example.
For more information about the life and art of Manet, I found several good resources to share:
Here is an art lecture that I found on YouTube. It is just under an hour in length so it should provide a pretty good overview of the painter and his works.
I ordered this book and plan to collect more of this series as I explore more artists this year. I don’t live very close to museums so books will have to take up the slack in my artist self-study.
I may also invest in some inexpensive prints such as this one available on Amazon for only $35. I think it would look lovely in my home office.
Who are your favorite artists? Who would you like me to feature in the coming months?