What A Way To Go: Even As He Died, Manet Made Life-Affirming Art

Vase of White Lilacs and Roses, 1883

In his last years, as he was dying of complications from syphilis, artist Édouard Manet was in agonizing pain — but you’d never know it from his exquisite flower bouquets and vibrant portraits.

(Image credit: Dallas Museum of Art)