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Edouard Manet - Rebel in a Frockcoat Julian Halsby Studied History of Art at Cambridge. . A practising artist, he was elected to the Royal Society of British Artists in 1994 and appointed Keeper in 2010. Monday 21 October 2019

Edouard Manet played a vital role in the establishment of the Impressionist movement by challenging the authority of the Paris Salon and poking fun at academic traditions.  Though suspicious of the younger Impressionists, never taking part in their exhibitions, he is considered the major revolutionary painter of his generation. The love of his life was Berthe Morisot a talented painter conveniently married to his brother, Eugene.

Manet was born into a wealthy Parisian family and attended the Ecole des Beaux Arts under Thomas Couture where he learned to draw and to admire the great classical painters of the past. He was a pivotal figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism. His great works, Dejeuner sur l’herbe and Olympia, were very controversial at the time and are considered watershed paintings that mark the genesis of modern art.

Julian Halsby read history of Art at Emmanuel College, Cambridge before joining the staff of Croydon College of Art as Senior Lecturer and Head of Art. He has published a number of books on art, is an art critic and, as a practising artist, he was elected to the Royal Society of British Artists in 1994 and appointed Keeper in 2010.