Édouard Manet

1832 (Paris) – 1883 (Paris)

As a young painter, Manet visited the aged Delacroix in his studio, Murger having told him at lunch that he’d find him a cold fish (he didn’t). He failed to get on with Courbet, met at the Brasserie Andler, but worked together with him, Daumier and Corot to have conservative Salon regulations changed. Morisot was a regular studio visitor, eventually marrying Manet’s brother. Among artists, Degas (met copying at the Louvre) and Monet were particularly close friends, Renoir another, while among writers, Zola, Mallarmé and Baudelaire all as friends championed him. Cézanne found his dandified appearance distasteful.