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Édouard Manet (* 23 January 1832 in Paris; † 30 April 1883 in Paris) was a French painter. was a French modernist painter. He was one of the first 19th-century artists to paint modern life, and a pivotal figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism. Born into an upper-class household with strong political connections, Manet rejected the future originally envisioned for him, and became engrossed in the world of painting. His early masterpieces, 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, and develop his own style that would be heralded as innovative and serve as a major influence for future painters.

*1832-1883

Édouard Manet

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 The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK
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113 | A Bar at the Folies-Bergere (Un bar aux Folies Bergère) Bar in den Folies Bergère, 1881-1882

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