About Jesus Mocked By The Soldiers (Jésus s'est moqué des soldats) Edward Manet Although the art of Eduoard Manet was often rooted in references to the history of art, his subjects - parks, cafés, racetracks - were usually quite modern. Jesus Mocked by the Soldiers represents a foray into religious imagery that was rare for Manet (and for his peers in the French avant-garde). Its theme, heroic scale, and dark colors related it to Old Master paintings. Its treatment, however, reflects Manet's usual daring, his flouting of convention. Here, the viewer is confronted with a very human, vulnerable Jesus whose fate is no longer his to determine.