Impressionism

10 Best Portraits Of Édouard Manet

Zuzanna Stańska 23 January 2017 min Read

Édouard Manet is known as one of the most controversial artists in his time. Highly criticised for his realism and depicting modern life scenes without any mythological or religious costume, his masterpieces like legendary Luncheon on the Grass or Olympia created a gateway to modern art.

Manet also created portraits. They are not scandalous images like his other works but rather snapshots seen through the gaze of the artist. Keep in mind that the art of photography was already born in Manet’s times. What new can be added to portraiture in this case? Some of Manet’s portraits, such as the famous one of Zola, follow the conventional format but others, such as the portrait of Mallarmé are like fantasy portraits and seem to draw inspiration from a blurred photographic print. Others are catching momentary impression. Just look at this gallery of Edouard Manet’s best portraits:

1. Berthe Morisot with a Bouquet of Violets

Édouard Manet, Berthe Morisot with a Bouquet of Violets, 1872, Musée d'Orsay
Édouard Manet, Berthe Morisot with a Bouquet of Violets, 1872, Musée d’Orsay

2. Portrait of Emile Zola

Edouard Manet, Portrait Of Emile Zola, 1868, Musée d'Orsay
Édouard Manet, Portrait Of Emile Zola, 1868, Musée d’Orsay

3. Lola de Valence

Édouard Manet, Lola de Valence, 1862, Musée d'Orsay
Édouard Manet, Lola de Valence, 1862, Musée d’Orsay

4. Stéphane Mallarmé

Édouard Manet, Stéphane Mallarmé, 1876, Musée d'Orsay
Édouard Manet, Stéphane Mallarmé, 1876, Musée d’Orsay

5. Nana

Édouard Manet, Nana, 1877, Kunsthalle Hamburg
Édouard Manet, Nana, 1877, Kunsthalle Hamburg

6. Zacharie Astruc

Edouard Manet, Portrait Of Zacharie Astruc, 1866, Kunsthalle Bremen
Édouard Manet, Portrait Of Zacharie Astruc, 1866, Kunsthalle Bremen

7. Mademoiselle V. . . in the Costume of an Espada

Édouard Manet, Mademoiselle V. . . in the Costume of an Espada, 1862, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Édouard Manet, Mademoiselle V. . . in the Costume of an Espada, 1862, Metropolitan Museum of Art

8. Irma Brunner

Edouard Manet, Irma Brunner, 1880, Musée d'Orsay
Édouard Manet, Irma Brunner, 1880, Musée d’Orsay

9. Portrait of Nina de Callias

Edouard Manet, Woman with Fans, 1873, Musée d'Orsay
Édouard Manet, Woman with Fans, 1873, Musée d’Orsay

10. Berthe Morisot with a Fan

Edouard Manet, Berthe Morisot with a Fan, 1872, Musée d'Orsay
Édouard Manet, Berthe Morisot with a Fan, 1872, Musée d’Orsay

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