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Édouard Manet (UK: /ˈmæn/, US: /mæˈn, mə-/,[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, 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 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, and develop his own style that would be heralded as innovative and serve as a major influence for future painters.

  • The Guitar Player, c. 1866, Hill-Stead Museum

  • Portrait of Émile Zola, 1868, Musée d'Orsay

  • Breakfast in the Studio (the Black Jacket), 1868, New Pinakothek, Munich, Germany

  • Gypsy wi

    Gypsy with a Cigarette, c. 1860s–1870s, Princeton University Art Museum

  • Boating, 1874, Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • Madame Manet, 1874–76, Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena

  • Portrait of Stéphane Mallarmé, 1876, Musée d'Orsay

  • Nana, 1877, Hamburger Kunsthalle

  • The bar, 1878–79, Pushkin Museum

  • The bar, 1878–79, Pushkin Museum

  • Chez le père Lathuille, 1879, Musée des Beaux-Arts Tournai

  • The Bugler, 1882, Dallas Museum of Art

  • Still Life, Lilac Bouquet, 1883

    Still Life, Lilac Bouquet, 1883

  • Carnations and Clematis in a Crystal Vase, 1883, Musée d'Orsay

  • Carnations and Clematis in a Crystal Vase, 1883, Musée d'Orsay