The nineteenth century French painter, Edouard Manet, was an instrumental figure in the transition between Realism and Impressionism. He was one of the first to move into the more modern and post-modern styles of life-paintings.
Although half of his work focusses on portraiture, until now there has not been an exhibit featuring that part of Manet's work. The Royal Academy of Arts has clearly decided that that needs to be remedied, and between the 26th January and 14th April, their exhibition, Manet: Portraying Life will span the entire career of this enigmatic, and sometimes controversial artist.
Manet painted portraits of his friends and family, but also of political, literary, and artistic figures in France. Displayed at the exhibit will be such portraits such as those of writer, Emile Zola, and the journalist, Antonin Proust.
Manet did not just bring the people in his portraits to life, but he brought the whole of Parisian society to the foreground by painting his subjects in locations around the city. For example, a railway station, the park of a Parisian street express the goings on of everyday life.
There are over fifty portraits for you to admire, and you can book tickets at £17 for adults, £15.50 for seniors, £10 for students, £5 for 12-18 year olds, £4 for 7-11 year olds, and under 7s go free.