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Toledo Museum of Art is exclusive U.S. venue for Edouard Manet portraiture show
Édouard Manet (French, 1832–1883), The Monet Family in their Garden at Argenteuil, 1874. Oil on canvas, 61 × 99.7 cm. Lent by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Bequest of Joan Whitney Payson, 1975 (1976.201.14) Photo © 2011 The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Art Resource/Scala, Florence.
TOLEDO, OH.- An exhibition of portraits by acclaimed French artist Edouard Manet, sometimes referred to as “the father of Impressionism,” opened this fall at the Toledo Museum of Art, the exclusive North American venue for Manet: Portraying Life.

Co-organized by TMA and the Royal Academy of Arts, London, the exhibition can be seen Oct. 7, 2012–Jan.1, 2013 in Toledo. The exhibition will move to the Royal Academy of Arts for exhibition Jan. 26–April 14, 2013.

A contemporary of the Impressionists, Manet (1832–1883) was the most stylish of the 19th–century French painters and a major recorder of Parisian life at that time. The exhibition is the first in-depth examination of Manet's considerable talents as a portraitist. Manet painted his family, friends and the literary, political and artistic figures of his day, often in casual settings rather than traditionally posed portraits. His subjects come to life on canvas, making the viewer curious to know more about these people and their lives.

Nearly 40 portraits by Manet, in addition to numerous photographs are featured in the exhibition. The works traveled to Toledo from museums in Europe, North America and Japan.

“Manet: Portraying Life offers our visitors an important and unique opportunity to consider the portraits of a great French painter,” said Toledo Museum of Art Director Brian Kennedy. “We are proud to be organizers and to be the only venue for the exhibition in North America.”

Lawrence W. Nichols, William Hutton senior curator, European and American painting and sculpture before 1900 at TMA, and MaryAnne Stevens, exhibition curator at the London Royal Academy of Arts, are exhibition curators. When each learned the other was organizing a Manet exhibition, they embarked on a collaboration that has resulted in this exhibition.

“The Museum and the Royal Academy expect widespread interest in Manet because the artist is one of the greatest Western European painters,” Nichols said.

“Central to understanding his work is an examination of his portraits and how his work transformed into scenes of everyday French life. This exhibition is the first to examine Manet’s work in this way,” Nichols noted, adding that a full-color companion book to the show is available for purchase through the Museum Store.



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