Profiles French painter Edouard Manet (1832-1883) on the occasion of the 155th anniversary of his birth. Discusses his work, personality, and technique and the scandal caused by his paintings D'jeuner sur l'Herbe and Olympia. Describes his influence on today's artists. Includes statements by artists Klaus Staecke and Nadine le Prince and art historian Werner Hofmann. Rückblende series.