Development of Manet's Style
Realism emerged as an art movement after the French Revolution during the 1850s in France. It is defined as a revolt "against the exotic subject matter and exaggerated emotionalism and drama of the Romantic movement" ("Realism"). During Édouard Manet's early and mature time as an artist, realism was still a less popular style of painting. Based in France himself, Manet's works are examples of the realism movement as he challenged Neoclassicism, the Enlightenment, and even the Industrial Revolution. He embraced emotion and adding realistic touches to the features of humans. For example, in The Dead Christ and the Angels the angels were depicted humanlike and critics were upset by this. Édouard Manet was acutely sensitive to modern existence and history. The flatness (his attention to volume) of his pictures, the approach in recognition of the revolution, and his conventional elements incorporated realism.