Manet -- Kathleen Adler

Since all countries and peoples have their own form of beauty, so inevitably we have ours. Thatt is the order of things. All forms of beauty, like all possible phenomena, contain an element of the eternal and an element of the transitory... The majority of artist's who have attacked modern life have contended themselves with public and official subjects... however there are private subjects which are more heroic than these.. The pageant of fashionable existence — criminals and kept women — which drift about in the underworld of a great city.