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Manet began to paint genre (everyday) subjects, such as old beggars, street urchins, café characters, and Spanish bullfight scenes. He adopted a direct, bold brush technique in his treatment of realistic subject matter. In 1863 his famous Le déjeuner sur l'herbe (Musée d'Orsay, Paris) was shown at the Salon des Refusés, a new exhibition place opened by Napoleon III following the protests of artists rejected at the official Salon. Manet rejects warm colors and uses outlines around the figures. This lets the characters awkwardly jump out of the landscape.

Live Impressions:

The figures are like cardboard cutouts pasted to a background.  The background is out of focus and muddy.  The figures make a strong triangular composition.

Edouard Manet: The Luncheon on the Grass

       Pg. 1010 Fig. 27-47