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Edouard Manet
19th century
(Paris, 1832 - 1883, Paris)

Another of the founding members of the Société des Aquafortistes, Manet pushed the establishment in France for greater acceptance of etching as an original art form. In the Salon des Refusés of 1863 where he displayed Picnic on the Grass to much scandal, he also showed three etchings. Shortly after the close of that exhibition, Alfred Cadart published the first series of etchings produced by the society, to which Manet contributed. The critic Charles Baudelaire supported the group's efforts, publishing “L'eauforte est à la mode” [“Etching is modern”] as well as many other essays promoting the medium and its practitioners, including Whistler and Haden.


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