Born into a bourgeoisie household in Paris, Manet was fascinated by painting and art at a young age. While his parents disapproved of his interest, he eventually went on to art school and soon on to become one of the most influential artists of the 19th century. Manet was a pioneer in painting the subject matter of modern life and played a significant role in the transition from Realism to Impressionism. Manet’s paintings focused on every day people doing every day tasks, roaming the streets of Paris and painting what he saw. Today, many art historians consider Manet to be a respected revolutionary artist and the father of modern art.