Arts: Manet

In 1874 Edouard Manet exhibited in the Salon a little oil a foot wide and less than two feet high. Nobody thought much of Manet. Jean Baptiste Faure, a singer who had the sort of immense popular recognition that Manet dreamed about, bought this picture, "Punchinello," for a few francs. He sold it four years later for $400. Last week at a sale in the Hotel Drouot, Paris, "Punchinello" brought $17,000.

Edouard Manet (1832-83) was among the first of the Impressionists. He has been consistently confused with his contemporary, Monet, by...

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