Manet is one of the most important French painters of the second half of the 19th-century. Although he was one of the pioneers of the Impressionists, his style remained independent. He frequently met with the founders of Impressionism, who regarded him as a role model. Because of his encounter with Claude Monet in 1871, he was inspired to paint in the open air. In the following years, his paintings are characterised by brighter, more luminous colours and a lighter, more sketchy brushstroke.