|DAY 164||PROFILES IN ART|
Edouard Manet was born in Paris into a privileged family. His father was a judge and hoped his son would pursue a career in law; however, Manet was more interested in art than academics. As a young man, he traveled throughout Europe to study the masters and was particularly influenced by Goya and Velázquez.
It was never Manet’s intention to spark controversy with his art—he was a refined man who deeply desired acceptance into the mainstream art world; however, he also had very distinct artistic philosophies. For one, he believed in art’s intrinsic nature ...