Edouard Manet Archives - Arts & Collections

Discovering Impressionism

The first inklings of what would become known as Impressionism began in France in the early 1860s with Édouard Manet—the collective’s ‘founding father’. Manet’s work was rejected for display at Paris’ annual art show—the official exhibition supported by the French government—at the Paris Salon in 1863. His work was deemed to be a radical breakaway from the conservative realist painting style of the time, but the rejection of his painting—along with thousands of others—caused a public...

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