Meet 19th century French painter Edouard Manet. Known as an experimental artist and innovator, Manet painted such commonplace figures as urchins, beggars, and café characters. In addition, he painted picturesque landscapes using bold lighting, simple colors, and vivid brushstrokes. Although his work inspired the Impressionist style, he did not label it as such. Expert analysis and commentary on Manet's paintings further illuminate his life and career.