“Modern Beauty” as Seen by Manet on Display at the Getty in Los Angeles

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Often wrongly presented as one of the fathers of Impressionism, Edouard Manet (1832-1883) was more a precursor of modern painting. Righting this wrong impression (pardon the pun), the Getty Center in Los Angeles decided to highlight lesser-known works made by the painter in the last years of his life.

Co-organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago, the exhibition “Manet and Modern Beauty” will be on display from October 8, 2019 to January 12, 2020.

Portraits of Parisian women, still-lifes, pastels, café scenes: the works on display reveal the French artist’s fascination with fashion, flowers and femininity. Through 90 paintings, the Getty presents the painter’s unflinching and objective interpretation of the society in which he lived.

Events, such as guided tours, discussions and a costume workshop with historian Maxwell Barr, will occur during the exhibition.


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