Eduard Manet’s whole life is s subtle art of search for a value where value is not searching for itself. French painter, whose initial desire was to become a naval officer, twice failed the training school's entrance exam, that time he would hardly imagine scenario where his painting would be sold for 20 million dollars.
Eduard Manet belonged to an upper class family where neither money nor social status was an issue of worry. The story of his existence is full of rejection resistance and failure. Instead of following other artist’s footsteps, he longed to create his own. His painting - "The Absinthe Drinker" shows that he had a great success in realism. His transition to impressionism started when he changed painting techniques as well as subjects of his work.
He would observe everyday people engaged in everyday tasks for many hours. His paintings were populated by singers, street people and beggars. This unconventional focus combined with a mature knowledge of the old masters startled some and impressed others.
He tried to gain acceptance into the salon, but salon kept rejecting him. One of his famous paintings -“Olympia” shows a lounging nude beauty who unabashedly stares at her viewers. This painting was deemed as scandalous by jury members as well as the general public.
On the other hand, Manet’s contemporaries, saw that he was willing to break the stereotypes. They would usually refer him to a hero. In hindsight, he was ringing in a new style and leading the transition from realism to impressionism. Within 42 years, the rejected “Olympia” would be installed in Louvre.
April 30, 1883 is when Manet dies. Besides the few hundreds of paintings, the world is left with an influential artist who made fundamental changes in the way we perceive art today.