In January 2013, the Royal Academy of Arts will present the first major exhibition in the UK to showcase Edouard Manet’s portraiture. The exhibition will examine the relationship between Manet’s portrait painting and his scenes of modern life. ‘Manet: Portraying Life’ will include over 50 paintings spanning the career of this archetypal modern artist together with a selection of pastels and contemporary photographs. It will bring together works from both public and private collections across Europe, Asia and the USA.
From the RA: The exhibition will be arranged thematically, exploring Manet’s world and the landscape of nineteenth-century Parisian society. Different sections will focus on The Artist and his Family – Manet, Suzanne Leenhof Manet and Léon Koëlla Leenhof; Manet and his Artist Friends including Berthe Morisot, Eva Gonzalès and Claude Monet; Manet and his Literary and Theatrical Friends such as Emile Zola, Zacharie Astruc, Théodore Duret, George Moore, Stéphane Mallarmé and Fanny Claus; Status Portraits including Georges Clemenceau, Henri Rochefort and Antonin Proust, and finally, The Artist and his Models which will encompass both female friends such as Méry Laurent and Isabelle Lemonnier as well as professional models, such as Victorine Meurent.”