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Manet and Modern Beauty

Art Institute of Chicago

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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.

Jeanne (Spring) (1881), Édouard Manet. J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Boating (1874–75), Édouard Manet.

Boating (1874–75), Édouard Manet. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

In the Conservatory (c. 1877–79), Édouard Manet.

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.

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.

Flowers in a Crystal Vase (c. 1882), Édouard Manet. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

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