Édouard Manet, 1872. “The Regentesses of the Old Men's Almshouse Haarlem". Oil on canvas. 46 x 32. Édouard Manet 23 January 1832 - 30 April 1883 was a French modernist painter. He was one of the first 19th-century artists to paint modern life, and a pivotal figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism. Born into an upper-class household with strong political connections, Manet rejected the future originally envisioned for him, and became engrossed in the world of painting. His early masterworks, The Luncheon on the Grass (Le déjeuner sur l'herbe) and Olympia, both 1863, caused great controversy and served as rallying points for the young painters who create Impressionism. Today, these are considered watershed paintings the mark the start of modern art. The last 20 years of Manet's life saw him for bonds with other great artists of the time, and develop his own style that would be heralded as innovative and serve as a major influence for future painters. The painting has all the documents including scientific evidence, now also the Wildestein collection is preparing other documents certifying them 100% authenticity.