Photography influence on Manet

I was made aware of this, by a staff member of the The Arts Commission of Toledo, when I was preparing and submitting works to a show.

She commented that Manet wanted to try and capture motion in his works and he used photographs to help create his masterpieces.

“TOLEDO, OHIO — Long before smartphones turned so many of us into amateur photographers and revolutionized how we depict each other through social media, there were the works of French Impressionist Edouard Manet.

Known for portraits of friends and celebrities of his era, the painter often called “the first modern artist” came of age during the mid-1800s when photography first became available to the public. He even kept his own collection of photos of the subjects he painted."

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