Edouard Manet is generally considered the father of Modernism. 19th century French Modernist and Impressionist artist Edouard Manet was born in Paris to a rich and influential family who expected him to study Law or even join the French navy. However, he chose to become an artist and studied by copying the Old Master paintings in the Louvre.
Manet’s early Realist style paintings were inspired by Gustav Courbet and later in life he became close friends with the Impressionists Renoir, Degas, Sisley, Monet, Cezanne and Pissarro.
Manet painted Parisian Street and Café scenes featuring Bohemian and working class subjects. Later in his career Edouard Manet’s oil paintings depicted scenes of the middle and upper class enjoying picnics and horse racing. Manet also painted still life fruit and vegetables and all of his art is highly sought after.
Manet’s sister-in-law was Berthe Morisot.
Two famous paintings by Edouard Manet are A Bar at the Folies Bergere c1881 and Olympia 1863.- https://www.reproduction-gallery.com/artist/edouard-manet/