Known as one of the most controversial artists in his time, Édouard Manet was a 19th C French painter who broke new artistic ground by defying traditional techniques of representation, and chose subjects from the events and circumstances of his own time. Born in Paris to a wealthy family, Manet was denied admission to France’s prestigious Naval College twice as a youth, and decided to begin a course of serious academic art training–his focus being modern subject matter (street scenes, bar life, and reinterpretations of famous artists.) Manet went on to produce, and exhibit, modern ‘icons’ such as Le Dejeuner sur L’herbe, Olympia, and Bar at the Folies Bergere, which brought him scandal–as well as fame!