Édouard Manet (UK: /ˈmæn/, US: /mæˈn, məˈ-/;[1][2] French: [edwaʁ manɛ]; 23 January 1832 – 30 April 1883) was a French modernist painter. He was one of the first 19th-century artists to paint modern life, as well as a pivotal figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism.

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Édouard Manet
Édouard Manet before 1870
Born(1832-01-23)23 January 1832
Paris, France
Died30 April 1883(1883-04-30) (aged 51)
Paris, France
Resting placePassy Cemetery, Paris
EducationCollège-lycée Jacques-Decour, Académie Suisse
Known forPainting, printmaking
Notable work
MovementRealism, Impressionism
(m. 1863)

Born into an upper-class household with strong political connections, Manet rejected the naval career originally envisioned for him; he became engrossed in the world of painting. His early masterworks, The Luncheon on the Grass (Le déjeuner sur l'herbe) and Olympia, both 1863, caused great controversy and served as rallying points for the young painters who would create Impressionism. Today, these are considered watershed paintings that mark the start of modern art. The last 20 years of Manet's life saw him form bonds with other great artists of the time; he developed his own simple and direct style that would be heralded as innovative and serve as a major influence for future painters.