Édouard Manet was born on 23 January 1832 to a wealthy family in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district of Paris. After attending the Poiloup Institute, he attended the renowned Collége Rollin at the age of 12 and began studying drawing. After being rejected by the Naval Academy, he received his academic training at the Academy of Fine Arts under Thomas Couture. Today he is considered one of the pioneers of modern painting.
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