Manet, Edouard

Edouard Manet (1832-83) was a friend of Emile Zola who constantly defended Manet`s work against the critics. Even though Manet was hugely influenced by Velazquez, Goya and Hals the critics didn`t review his work well in his early career which led him to play an important role in the Salon des Refuses in 1863 which brought the Impressionists to prominence. Over his lifetime he executed many fine etchings and wood engravings which can be found in the excellant Catalogue Raisonne by Jean C. Harris `Edouard Manet The Graphic Work` published by Alan Wofsy Fine Arts, San Francisco.