This NPR Story gives insight into Edouard Manet’s art as his life was winding toward his death at 51. Even though he was in terrible pain, he still managed to rise above it to create gorgeous paintings of flowers, fruit, and people. Perhaps not as perfect as in his younger days, his final works were glorious still. Sometimes delicate, often bold, and occasionally scandalous, these paintings remain an important part of his legacy. The article includes images of several of them. They serve not only as reminders of his great talent, but also his strength, perseverance, and devotion to his art.