Édouard Manet, 1832-1883, was a French painter, was one of the first 19th-century artists to paint modern life, and a pivotal figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism. A French painter that became one of the first artists in the 19th century to perfect modern life, Manet was also important for ushering in the change from Realism to Impressionism. Manet came from an upper class background with political connections, but went in the complete opposite direction with his own career. Some of that upbringing can be seen in his paintings, and it may have helped to develop his own style. Manet works like The Luncheon on the Grass, Music in the Tuileries, Manet Olympia
and Berthe Morisot with a Bouquet of Violets places Manet firmly as one of the greatest of all time.