Edouard Manet



Manet's Timeline

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Written by Peter Imialek


1832 (birth) - Édouard Manet is born in Paris on January 23 to Auguste Manet, a French judge, and Eugénie-Desirée Fournier, the goddaughter of the Swedish crown prince Charles Bernadotte.

1845 (age 13) - Manet enrolls in a special course of drawing.

1848 (age 16) - Manet sails on a training vessel to Rio de Janeiro.

1850 (age 18) - Manet begins studying art under the academic painter Thoman Couture. In his spare time he copies masterpieces by the old masters in the Louvre.

1853 (age 21) - Manet travels to Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. He begins his romantic relationship with Suzanne Leenhoff, a Dutch-born piano teacher.

1856 (age 24) - Completing his studies, Manet opens his own studio.

1862 (age 30) - Manet's father dies.

1863 (age 31) - Manet marries Suzanne Leenhoff. The Luncheon on the Grass, one of Manet's major early works, is rejected by the Paris Salon and is instead exhibited at the Salon des Refusés. This year Manet also paints another important work, Olympia.

1865 (age 33) - Olympia is accepted by the Paris Salon.

1867 (age 35) - After being excluded from the International Exhibition of 1867, Manet sets up his own exhibition.

1868 (age 36) - Manet befriends Berthe Morisot, a painter who influences his style.

1871 (age 39) - Manet travels in January to Oloron-Sainte-Marie in the Pyrenees.

1874 (age 42) - Berthe Morisot becomes Manet's sister-in-law when she marries his brother Eugene. Manet's The Gare Saint-Lazare (The Railway) is exhibited at the Paris Salon.

1881 (age 49) - The French governments awards Manet the Légion d'honneur.

1882 (age 50) - Manet's completes his last major work Le Bar aux Folies-Bergère (A Bar at the Folies-Bergère).

1883 (age 51) - On April 30, Manet passes away in Paris.

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