Edouard Manet was a French print maker and painter during the 1870's. Once classified as an realist, he is now regarded as an impressionist who influenced and was influenced by impressionist painters. Manet's paintings are known for his brilliant "alla prima" technique. His relatively short career resulted from an early style to freely brushed compositions of Symbolism. Edouard Manet will always be remembered as a brilliant painter in the French era of the seventeenth century.