Manet (arguably) discovered impressionist painting by accident.

“It was common to try to paint large canvases in order to get noticed at the annual Salon exhibitions,” she says. “He was having trouble making larger paintings that featured the concentrated simplifications of light effects that interested him. Then he decided that some of his sketches had a looser painting style he could continue to use, mostly on smaller easel paintings. He began to blend small brushstrokes less, and to use larger touches that became more mosaic-like on the surface of the canvas.

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