Manet’s Modernism

or, The Face of Painting in the 1860s

Michael Fried

Manet’s Modernism

Michael Fried

676 pages | 16 color plates, 201 halftones | 7 x 10 | © 1996
Paper $75.00 ISBN: 9780226262178 Published November 1998
Manet’s Modernism is the culminating work in a trilogy of books by Michael Fried exploring the roots and genesis of pictorial modernism. Fried provides an entirely new understanding not only of the art of Manet and his generation but also of the way in which the Impressionist simplification of Manet’s achievement had determined subsequent accounts of pictorial modernism down to the present. Like Fried’s previous books, Manet’s Modernism is a milestone in the historiography of modern art.

"Beautifully produced. . . . [Fried’s] thought is always stimulating, if not provocative. This is an important book, which all students of modernism, in the broadest sense, will find rewarding."—Virginia Quarterly Review

"An astonishing piece of scholarship that will cause readers to rethink their understanding of Manet’s influence, ambition, and achievement."—Gary Michael, Bloomsbury Review

"An audaciously brilliant book, long awaited and as essential reading for philosophers as for art historians."—Wayne Andersen, Common Knowledge

"Art history of the highest originality and distinction."—Arthur C. Danto, New York Times Book Review
List of Illustrations
Introduction: Manet before Impressionism
1: Manet’s Sources, 1859-1869
2: "Manet’s Sources" Reconsidered
3: The Generation of 1863
4: Manet in His Generation
5: Between Realisms
Coda: Manet’s Modernism
Appendix 1. Antonin Proust, "L’Art d’Edouard Manet" (1901)
Appendix 2. Edmond Duranty, "Ceux qui seront les peintres" (1867)
Appendix 3. Le Capitaine Pompilius [Carle Desnoyers], remarks on Manet (1863) Appendix 4. Zacharie Astruc, remarks on Manet (1863)

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