Edouard Manet portraits to feature at London's Royal Academy

Date Posted: 28/09/12

Edouard Manet portraits to feature at London's Royal Academy

A selection of paintings by the French artist Edouard Manet are to be showcased at London's Royal Academy at an exhibition next year.

Fans of Manet's work should book short breaks to London between Saturday, January 26th and Sunday, April 14th to see the show, entitled Manet: Portraying Life.

Over 50 of his paintings will feature at the Royal Academy, which is collaborating with Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio, as part of a retrospective of his career.

Included in the exhibition are famous images such as the 1880 portrait of Antonin Proust, The Railway and Mademoiselle. Alongside the more well-known pieces, there will be some works less familiar to art aficionados.

MaryAnne Stevens, the curator behind the show, has said there will be "quite a lot of surprises" when Manet: Portraying Life opens.

The Frenchman was born in Paris in 1832 and has been regarded as one of the founders of modern art, whose ideas were no less than revolutionary. He was committed to painting portraits throughout his career, typically of the wide circle of friends he surrounded himself with from the arts community.

His life was cut short in 1883 when he died at the age of 51.

Posted by Becky Spence

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