Edouard Manet was a French painter who depicted everyday scenes of people and city life. He was a leading artist in the transition from realism to impressionism and broke new ground by defying traditional techniques of representation and by choosing subjects from the events and circumstances of his own time. Read more at Bio. and at Encyclopædia Britannica.

Edouard Manet’s chronology, paintings, and quotes can be found at the official website.

The Royal Academy of Arts made a recording of its sell-out exhibition, Manet: Portraying Life which was first presented on cinema screens around the world on April, 11, 2013. The film reveals exclusive behind-the-scenes moments of the exhibition’s preparation, which normally go unseen by the public, and interwove a detailed, superbly crafted biography of Manet and 19th century Paris. A film review is available at Screen Daily.

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Paveurs de la Rue Mosnier (Road-menders in the Rue Mossnier), 1878. Source: Impressionism Art Gallery