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1) Edouard Manet, 23 January 1832 - 30 April 1883 (Age 51), French modernist painter. The first 19th-century artists to paint modern life, a pivotal figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism
2) 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.
3) His early masterworks both created in 1863, paintings that mark the start of modern art, caused great controversy and served as rallying points for the young painters who would create Impressionism.
4) The last 20 years of his 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
5) From 1853 to 1856, he was influenced by the Dutch painter Frans Hals, and the Spanish artists Diego Velazquez and Francisco Jose de Goya.
6) As catalogued in 1975 by Denis Rouart and Daniel Wildenstein, Manet comprised 430 oil paintings, 89 pastels, and more than 400 works on paper.
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