Manet's Influence On Photography

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What I found most interesting was Manet’s influence on the emerging market of portrait photography. Photography at the time required long exposure times, and so people had to sit still for long periods of time, meaning that most people looked very stiff. Manet’s portraits therefore showed movement which photography had not yet been able to capture, but strove to do. Though on the other hand, Manet’s portraits were also very much influenced by photography. Not only was he influenced by the realistic nature of photography, but he also at times used portrait photographs of the subjects he painted. This influence is also evident in the Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe. The subjects in the foreground are illuminated against a dark background, almost as if
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