In April 1874 a group of artists, calling themselves "Societe Anonyme des Artistes, Peintres, Sculpteurs, Graveurs"—roughly "Artists, Painters, Sculptors, Engravers, Inc."—opened an exhibition independent of the official Salon. Conspicuously absent was Edouard Manet, recognized leader of the avant-garde. Manet never participated in any of their eight exhibitions, but his bold style and modern subjects inspired these younger artists, who came to be known as "impressionists."
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