Thomson ReutersJanuary 22, 2013 13:15
* London's Royal Academy stages Manet exhibition
* Extends opening hours, anticipates big crowds
* Manet hailed by some as "father of modern art"
* Over 50 works brought together from around world
By Mike Collett-White
LONDON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Bold claims have been made on behalf of 19th century French painter Edouard Manet - that he invented modern art, or was the man who bridged realism and impressionism.