One of the most enigmatic and intriguing painters of the modern era, Édouard Manet does not fit the image of a tormented, disheveled artist. He was, in fact, impeccably dressed, courteous, and had a respect for traditional values; why then was he snubbed and ridiculed, and why was his work so outrageously provocative? This edition illuminates a 1959 text by Pierre Courthion with 40 large color plates—works from Luncheon on the Grass and Olympia to The Dead Toreador and Monet Painting in his Studio Boat—and 74 black and white reproductions and photos.