Golden Recursion Inc. logoGolden Recursion Inc. logo
Advanced Search
Édouard Manet

Édouard Manet

French painter

Édouard Manet (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 naval career 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 simple and direct style that would be heralded as innovative and serve as a major influence for future painters.


January 23, 1832
Édouard Manet was born in Paris.


Further Resources

Golden logo
By using this site, you agree to our Terms & Conditions.