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In the 1860s Manet attacked received notions of beauty more fervently than anyone, but in later years his favoured subjects were bourgeois fashions and flower studies. This show of little-known watercolours and illustrated letters alongside major Salon paintings is the first to explore this shift in focus. Find out more from the Art Institute of Chicago’s website.
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Jeanne (Spring) (1881), Édouard Manet. J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Boating (1874–75), Édouard Manet. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
In the Conservatory (c. 1877–79), Édouard Manet. Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie
Letter to Madame Jules Guillemet, Decorated with a Portrait and a Still Life of a Bag and a Parasol (1880), Édouard Manet. Photo: Saint Honoré Art Consulting, Paris
Flowers in a Crystal Vase (c. 1882), Édouard Manet. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.