Did you know that before the impressionist artist Edouard Manet got to know Claude Monet he would become extremely upset and irritated when art critics reviewing both of their work got the two artists mixed up because their last names sounded so similar?
Later Manet and Monet became friends and Manet even painted a family portrait of Monet, his wife Camille and their son Jean.
Did you know that Paul Cezanne, Alfred Sisley, Claude Monet, Edouard Manet and Camille Pissarro all had long-term romantic relationships that their parents highly disapproved of ? Some of them had to keep their relationships a secret in order to continue receiving money from their families.
Did you know the artist Edgar Degas visited his brother in New Orleans and while there painted a beautiful portrait of his blind sister-in-law?
Did you know that impressionist artist Berthe Morisot was a frequent model for fellow artist Edouard Manet and some of his paintings of her are very suggestive and sensual? Later Berthe would marry Edouard’s brother Eugene.
Did you know that during the Franco-Prussian war nearly 1,500 paintings of Pissarro’s were destroyed?
Those are just a few of the tantalizing tidbits I have already discovered while reading The Private Lives of the Impressionists by Sue Roe. I will be leading a discussion of the book on August 7th at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. You still have time to buy the book at McNally Robinson and join me. You can register here. I was at McNally’s last Thursday and there were still plenty copies of the book available.