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View in Venice-The Grand Canal


A black and white headshot-style photograph of Manet, wearing a suit and a polka dot cravat in front of a blank background.

Portrait of Edouard Manet (detail), 1874, Nadar (Gaspard Felix Tournachon), French, 1820-1910, black and white photograph

Artist Edouard Manet is known for his fundamental influence on Impressionism, which depicts the light of a given moment using loose brushstrokes and is applied here in View of Venice—The Grand Canal.

However, Manet’s earlier career ambition was to be a naval officer, and though he failed examinations to enlist, his interest in seascapes likely resonated in his depictions of the Venetian Grand Canal.