Artist: Édouard Manet
Dates: 23 January 1832 – 30 April 1883
Title of Piece: The Luncheon on the Grass
Brief Biography: Manet was one of the first artists of the 19th Century to portray modern life and was a key figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism. His paintings The Luncheon on the Grass and Olympia are considered watershed pieces in the genesis of modern art.