Each episode of Portrait of an Artist offers an intimate peek at the life and work of an important figure in the world of art. Not just a dry discussion of the major works, this is an exploration of the environment that produced the artist and influenced his or her work. From interviews with family and friends, to short trips to the artist's favorite haunts, no stone is left unturned. In this particular episode, viewers explore the life and work of Manet, the artist who came to be recognized as the leader of the French Impressionists. Uncomfortable with his role, Manet nevertheless forged ahead in his role as the leader of the French avant-garde.