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Edouard Manet Dies at 51

French Impressionist painter Edouard Manet died of rheumatism and untreated syphilis at the age of 51 on April 31, 1883.
Born into a wealthy, well-connected family in Paris on January 23, 1832, Edouard Manet was expected to practice law by his mother and father. Manet, however, had little interest in law and was instead fascinated by painting and the arts.
After failing his naval examinations more than once, Manet’s parents finally supported his career choice and sent him off to study under painter Thomas Couture. In addition to this, Edouard Manet would spend hours at the Louvre recreating classic masterpieces.
Manet was among the first of the 19th century painters to approach modern and post-modern subjects, and was an integral part of the artistic movement from Realism to Impressionism. Some of his most famous paintings are Olympia, The Luncheon on the Grass, and A Bar at the Folies-Bergere.

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Renoir’s Birthday

February 25 is French painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s birthday!

Born in 1841 in Limoges, France, Renoir honed in on his artistic skills as a child while working at a porcelain factory where he was recruited to paint designs on fine china. Renoir officially began studying art in Paris in 1862 under Charles Gleyre, where he was introduced to fellow artists Alfred Sisley, Frederic Bazille, and Claude Monet.

In 1864, Renoir began showing his paintings at this Paris Salon. His work was not officially acknowledged until ten years later when six of his paintings were shown at the first Impressionist exhibit in 1874.

After many year of struggling as an artist, Renoir helped mold the Impressionist artistic movement and became one of the most esteemed artists of his time. Posthumously, Renoir’s paintings have become extremely popular; two of them have sold for more than $70 Million.

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