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Manet and Modern Beauty at the Getty

Jeanne (Spring). Édouard Manet (French, 1832 - 1883). French, 1881. Oil on canvas. The J. Paul Getty Museum.

The Getty Center presents the first exhibition ever to explore the last years of the short life of Édouard Manet (1832-1883), one of the leading avant-garde painters of modern Paris. This exhibition focuses on the painter's fascination with fashion, flowers, and the Parisienne through his stylish portraits, luscious still lifes, delicate pastels and watercolors, and vivid café and garden scenes. As the leading avant-garde painter of modern Paris who earned this distinction through a series of provocative paintings that shocked contemporary audiences, Manet was known as a “painter of modern life.” His works sought to incorporate a feminine embodiment in all of its particular, fleeting beauty.

In Manet and Modern Beauty, the exhibition highlights a less familiar and more intimate side of this celebrated artist.

This exhibition has been co-organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago. It is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. The presentation in Los Angeles is made possible with major support from Elizabeth and Bruce Dunlevie. It is sponsored by City National Bank and generously supported by Ellen and David Lee and Maria Hummer-Tuttle and Robert Holmes Tuttle.