Painter of the Week: Édouard Manet. Today: The grand canal of Venice (Blue Venice), Shelburne Museum, 1875
Manet made this painting during a trip to Venice in 1875. The work is different in mood from his North Atlantic seascapes. Manet had spent time painting alongside Claude Monet that summer and he employed brighter colors and broken brushstrokes to create the visual splendor of Venetian canals. This painting is part of the collections of the Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vermont.
Édouard Manet (23 January 1832 – 30 April 1883) was a French painter. He was one of the first 19th-century artists to paint modern life, and a pivotal figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism.
His early masterworks, The Luncheon on the Grass (Le déjeuner sur l’herbe) and Olympia, both 1863, caused great controversy and served as rallying points for the young painters who would create Impressionism. Today, these are considered watershed paintings that mark the genesis of modern art.