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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH (30 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822819492
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822819494
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 0.8 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 402,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have bought quite a lot of Taschen Basic Art books as I find them a good, easy reference having been to an exhibition. The colour reproduction, unlike the postcards available after an exhibition, are pretty good and the books are very good value. I like to know some of the history of the art works and the life and influences of the artist (who they met and worked with etc.) following a visit to an exhibition of their work. Taschen fulfills this very well.
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By KenJD on 28 July 2014
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Enjoyable and easy to read. Not too detailed and complicated. Just what I wanted
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Terrific introduction to Manet 20 May 2009
By Jeff Mather - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Gilles Néret has written a very entertaining, insightful book on the artistic life of Edouard Manet. It's not a complete catalog of all of Manet's paintings, but it does show his most important works and places them into their cultural and art historical contexts.

The book is a lot of fun to read. Néret clearly knows the subject well, and his prose is fluid and witty. (The translation from the French suffers very few problems.) The author gives the reader a lot of credit, presenting art history details in a way that the casual reader can ignore while someone with greater exposure to the artists who influenced Manet can delve into more deeply.

Taschen has done a fine job reprinting the paintings, too. In short it's a great little book.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Value 11 July 2006
By S. Stoessel - Published on Amazon.com
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This great little book has all of Manet's paintings in it. If the text discusses it, then the picture is in there. It includes enlargements of selected areas of critical paintings and even includes paintings by others if a comparsion is made. The scholarship is excellent including placing Manet in context, except for mistaking the American Revolution for the Civil War. For $10, one cannot beat this book. Highly recommended, I couldn't put it down.
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Wonderful illustrations 2 April 2014
By G. Burke - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I haven't much to add to the other reviews except to say the illustrations are bright and beautiful. Some books on the Impressionists tend to have dull pictures but not this one. All the skillful brushstrokes are in evidence and the color is fairly accurate. Can't go wrong here if you are a fan on Manet.
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Fantastic book! 6 Oct. 2012
By Elisabeta Hermann - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent book, I recommend it to all artists or art lovers.

Very happy with this purchase, fast shipping and the book is as described!
Thank you very much!
A perfect little vignette of Manet's life and work 24 Jun. 2014
By Patto - Published on Amazon.com
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The illustrations are vibrant; the narration, intelligent and engaging. Giles Néret's little book is a pleasure to read and peruse. The illustrations are thankfully near the points being made about them, so you never have to flip through more than a page or two to look at the painting under discussion. This is a well-thought-out, reader- friendly page layout – something of a rarity in art books.

As for the scope of the book, it's surprisingly comprehensive for its ninety-five pages. I was most interested in how the old masters influenced Manet's early development, the successive scandals surrounding the showings of his paintings, how he influenced the Impressionists and how they ultimately influenced him, and how thoroughly Manet was a painter of his time.

Néret educated my eye to look for and appreciate the still-lifes to be found within Monet's paintings, and how Manet's brushwork changed over his life. I also enjoyed the Néret's exploration of Manet's deep admiration of women, in particular his friendship with the beautiful and talented Berthe Morisot. Manet was beloved by many women, and I could feel his appeal myself as I read these pages.

If you decide to read just one book on Manet, this would be an excellent choice.
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