Five Key Works from the Royal Academy’s “Manet, Portraying Life” Exhibition, Explained

Jan 29, 2013 4:39PM

The Royal Academy’s blockbuster show “Manet: Portraying Life” is a fascinating walk through the career of one of European modernity’s most striking figures. It potently illustrates the unique position the artist occupies in late 19th century art history: a man steeped in realism, yet constantly experimenting with the formal aspect of painting, effectively paving the way for abstraction.

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Jenna Gribbon, Luncheon on the grass, a recurring dream, 2020. Jenna Gribbon, April studio, parting glance, 2021. Jenna Gribbon, Silver Tongue, 2019