Bio: Edouard Manet was born into the ranks of the
Parisian bourgeoisie. His Mother, Eugenie-Desiree Fournier, was a woman of refinement and god daughter of Charles Bernadotte, the Crown Prince of Sweden. His father was a Magistrate and Judge.
Manet is generally considered to be the father of the Impressionist movement.
Manet entered the studio of Thomas Couture where he studied until 1856. In 1859 he was rejected by the official Paris Salon. Eugene Delacroix intervened on his behalf and in 1861 Manet's paintings were accepted by the Salon and he received favorable press, later exhibiting at the Galerie Martinet in Paris
It was during the early 1860s his friendships with Charles Baudelaire and
Edgar Degas began.