Art Moment: A Manet of a Monet

Manet and Monet are two artists who get most people eternally confused. The confusion multiplies when you have Manet painting Monet as in this picture.

Edouard Manet (1832 – 1883), The Monet Family in their Garden at Argenteuil, 1874. Oil on canvas. 61 x 100 cm. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Edouard Manet (1832 – 1883) was a French modernist painter. He was eight years older than his friend, Claude Monet (1840 – 1926), a French Impressionist painter and founder of the Impressionist Movement. After years of creating dark-toned Spanish-influenced paintings, Manet decided to try his hand at plein-air (outdoor) painting popularized by the Impressionists. In July and August 1874 Manet vacationed at his family’s house in Gennevilliers, just across the Seine from Monet at Argenteuil. The two painters saw each other often that summer, and on a number of occasions they were joined by Renoir. Manet’s painting of his buddy Monet with his wife Camille and their son Jean is convincing evidence of his Impressionist chops.

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