Roderick Conway-Morris

How Manet was influenced by the artists of the Renaissance

<em>Roderick Conway Morris</em> on the French master’s love affair with the art and artists of the Renaissance

‘Olympia’, 1863, by Edouard Manet. © Musée d’Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais/Patrice Schmidt

Manet’s paintings were regularly rejected by the Salon, yet he continued to submit them and declined to exhibit with the Impressionists, who regarded him as a father figure. Even when his works were accepted by the Salon, they were routinely received with outrage among both critics and the public. This response baffled him.

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