Painting: The Fundamentalist

As the 19th century recedes into perspective, it becomes clear that the age was in every respect the equal of the great art epochs of the past and that among its greatest giants was Edouard Manet, one of the first artists to concern himself exclusively with modern times. "We laugh at Monsieur Manet," wrote Emile Zola 100 years ago. "It will be our sons who go into ecstasies over his canvases." Indeed, he is now ranked with Cezanne as one of the major precursors of 20th century painting. The problem is that his...

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