Manet, Baudelaire and the Concept of Modernity

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Edouard Manet, Charles Baudelaire, art history, poetry, modern


Art and Design | Comparative Literature | European History | History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology


Artists draw their inspiration from the events and the people around them. Interchange of artistic ideas is virtually essential for anew developments in theory. In mid-nineteenth century Paris, a social upheaval was taking place. The physical plan of the city was renovated, and this led to the development of new social classes. In addition, the bourgeoisie had begun to assert its influence on society; thus habits and traditions were changing. It was an ideal time to redefine the goals of artists, and the intellectuals recognized this opportunity. Some literary figures immediately began to formulate, through extensive dialogue, new ideas for the artistic world. Poet Charles Baudelaire led this group of writers, with many others following his example. I intend to show that Baudelaire's writings formed the basic theories for the art produced by Edouard Manet from 1863-1868, and later the Impressionist movement. Arguably, without the support of the literary figures of the day, primarily Charles Baudelaire, Manet's art would not have developed in the same manner.

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