The French painter Edouard Manet explored contemporary life subjects and was one of the first nineteenth century artists to do so, making him a central influence as Realism morphed into Impressionism. Young painters welcomed the debates caused by his initial artwork, which offered them encouragement to pursue their own work in the new Impressionistic style. 

 

Manet was older and had more financial security than many other painters but this class distiction was not mirrored in his work, whether the daily lives he depicted were bourgeoisie or people living on the fringes of society, saying “I paint what I see and not what others like to see.”.