This is a detail from Edouard Manet’s Repose (1871), which is now on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in “Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity.” The exhibition ostensibly looks at how impressionist painters treated high Parisian fashion, but is really more interesting to think about as how artists began to pivot toward presenting daily life (of the mostly very wealthy) in their work.
This is the second major exhibition to feature Manet’s Repose int he last year. It was included in “Manet: Portraying Life,” the first exhibition devoted to Manet’s portraiture. The exhibition debuted last year at the Toledo Museum of Art (and is now at the Royal Academy in London).
Episode No. 48 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast was all about Manet’s portraiture (and featured particular discussion of Repose and the woman in it: Berthe Morisot). Host Tyler Green’s guests on Episode No. 48 were exhibition co-curator Lawrence Nichols, the senior curator of European and American painting and sculpture before 1900 at Toledo, and Gary Tinterow, the former head of 19th-century, modern and contemporary art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and now the director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. While at the Met, Tinterow was the curator of the 2002 exhibition “Manet/Velazquez: The French Taste for Spanish Painting.”
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