Manet: Portraying Life at the Royal Academy

Key 33An exhibition of over fifty paintings that span the career by the Parisian portrait painter Edouard Manet has opened at the Royal Academy on London’s Piccadilly, and runs until April 14, 2013.

Manet embraced the Realist approach with his work coinciding with the coming of age of the photographic portrait. The exhibition examines the relationship between his portrait paintings and his scenes of modern life. Sadly some of his most famous works such as ‘Olympia’, which portrays a naked lady and ‘A Bar at the Folies-Bergère’ are missing, but there are more than enough paintings to get a good sense of his style. Portraits include members of his close family, a couple of self-portraits, and friends from the world of music, art, and literature.

Read a review in the London Standard about the book La Folie Baudelaire by Roberto Calasso which provides more background to Manet’s life than has been revealed.  Although never proved, it suggests that Leon, Suzanne’s son may well have been the son of Auguste Manet, Edourd’s father, and Berthe Morisot who appears in several of his paintings was actually Edourd’s great love.

An added bonus to 17 February, 2013 is an additional exhibition taking place of works by Constable, Gainsborough and Turner showing their influence on the development of British landscape painting.

£15; concessions available; children under 12 and friends of the RA go free.

10am – 6pm late nights:  Fridays and Saturdays until 11pm

*Easter weekend (29 & 30 March, 1 April) galleries close at 6pm

Exclusive Sunday evening viewings in March and April 6.30 -10pm allow visitors to see the exhibition without the crowds. Tickets include a drink and a hand-held multimedia guide. Tickets: £30      020 7300 8000


About Natasha Blair

Travel journalist who enjoys discovering new places in style, where possible, with her dog, a Coton de Tulear, called Poppy. Good food, not necessarily gourmet, is important as is the atmosphere as she also writes about restaurants. Culture is another love, and as she is based in London, she reviews theatre and art exhibitions.
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