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Tom Gurney BSc (Hons) is an art history expert with over 20 years experience
Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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Edouard Manet is one of the French painters of all the time. Though he was a 19th-century artist, his artworks still rock today.

His fans love him mostly because of the way he used his talent to transform non-living objects like fruits, flowers, clouds, food, and artifacts from realism to impressionism. One of his artworks that still rock big time is The Lemon. In this painting, Manet wanted to bring life to the otherwise lifeless lemon. In the painting, Manet showcases an oyster's plate with a fork, seasonings, and lemon placed on top of a sideboard or rather wood table. Lots of other painters of the old had already painted the lemon, but the way Manet did it shows that he had the interests of future generations in mind.

In this purpose-driven paint, he made it clear that a painter can professionally pass his or her information using simple flower and fruit illustrations. In the painting, Manet has used a dark tone and a series of paint and lustrous glaze layers to elucidate the lemon. This makes the paint look fantastic and lifelike. Manet was not just like every other impressionist painter. He was a realist who knew is self-worth and went ahead to challenge his masters by introducing a new style and vision to creating paintings. He loved art and did it in a way that gave his viewers a fresh look and perspective of different inanimate objects.

Besides The Lemon, Edouard Manet did lots of other amazing paintings. Though a religious painter, Edouard had high interests in crafting monumentalized portraits. This perhaps is the reason Manet failed in the Christian artwork niche. Portraits such as The Dead Christ with Angels and Christ Insulted by the Soldiers though had a fresh look brought some mortification to Christianity. Portraits like The Execution of Maximilian, The Lunch on the Grass and Folies Bergere outlined his capabilities in using oil paints to paint natural objects like grass and Maximilien.

Just like his masters, Manet strived to paint portraits that captured emotion, anger, contempt, astonishment, and illumination. Most of Manet's paintings were based on his real life experiences, passion for clarifying on media descriptions, the burning desire to bring life to lifeless inanimate objects, as well motivation to bring peace among nations.