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Manet portraits set for Royal Academy in 2013 as confirmed by curator

September 27, 2012

Portraits by the legendary French painter Edouard Manet are to be showcased in one major exhibition that will be hosted by the Royal Academy in London next year. Such a retrospective will be the first-ever of its kind in Britain and has been tipped one of the exhibition highlights of 2013.

Over 50 paintings spanning Manet’s illustrious career were collected from various locations around the world and both public collections or those of private owners. Included in the exhibition will be Mademoiselle Claus and The Railway - two of the artist’s most famous works. Manet: Portraying Life is to feature the creations of the French painter, who was mostly active in the 19th century, alongside lesser known pieces.

The curator of the show, MaryAnne Stevens, has promised that there will be “quite a lot of surprises” brought by the show when it opens in January. Stevens has said that the portraits of Manet haven’t ” been studied in either exhibition or book form”, in spite of an “unswerving commitment to the genre of portraiture throughout his career” by the artist.

Throughout his life, a wide circle of both admirers and friends surrounded Manet. They included notable figures from art, literature and music. Along with his family, it was musicians that mostly served as subjects for his portraits.

Other probable highlights of the exhibition include The Luncheon, which will be on loan from Munich’s Neue Pinakothek. It depicts Leon, who was the son of the artist’s wife.

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