This spring the Royal Academy of Arts in London is presenting an exceptional and not-to-be-missed show dedicated to the works of Edouard Manet (1832-1883), who is often called the father of modern art. Manet: Portraying Life is the first major exhibition of Manet’s work in the UK and is the first devoted to his portraits. For art lovers, this means the rare chance to see masterpieces from museums and private collections around the world. The focus on Manet’s portraits from early in his career to the final years offers viewers a look at how Manet’s style matured and developed throughout his career. The video below from the Royal Academy of Arts offers a glimpse inside the galleries.
The curators of Manet: Portraying Life have done a marvelous job at presenting Manet’s works in the larger setting of his time, the development of photography and the artists and writers that he socialized with and influenced. However, it is Manet’s paintings that shine, including The Railway, a haunting painting the intrigued the critics when first presented in 1873. An entire gallery is devoted to Music in the Tuileries Gardens, which is on loan from the National Gallery in London. Her image is all over London now in the advertising for the exhibition, but I found there’s nothing quite like standing in front of Manet’s portrait of Berthe Morisot with a Bouquet of Violets. What captivating eyes!
If you’re planning a visit to London now through mid April and would like to see the Manet: Portraying Life exhibit at the Royal Academy of Arts, we very highly recommend booking your tickets online in advance. We arrived on a Wednesday morning and the queue was so long that we decided to come back the following afternoon. There’s so much to see and do while you’re in London that time is too precious to spend waiting in line. Visit the Royal Academy of Arts website here to book advance tickets for Manet: Portraying Life. (Keep in mind that tickets can be purchased online up to 24 hours prior to when you want to visit.)
We hope you’ll have the chance to see this extraordinary exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London this spring!
The Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House, Piccadilly
London W1J OBD
Manet: Portraying Life
26 January—14 April 2013
Exhibition opening times
Monday – Thursday: 10am-6pm
*Easter weekend (29 & 30 March, 1 April) galleries close at 6pm