Edouard Manet was born on this day in 1832. His works are very well known but unfortunately his name is not. How many times have you told someone you liked Manet and someone responds with, "Oh, I like Monet too."? If it weren't for Manet we may not have known who Monet was.
He's probably my favourite painter. I go back and forth between him and Hopper but you could also argue that without Manet we'd have no Hopper either. Either way, here is a documentary about some of his work. Of course they touch on all of the "scandalous" undertones to his work, which gets ridiculous but some people aren't interested unless there's a fair amount of drama surrounding something. Even if you turned the volume down on this it would be a good one to watch. They do lots of close ups of the paintings and show smaller details that you may have missed before.