Monday, January 21, 2019

Manet from the Norton Simon Museum

The Frick Collection

October 16, 2019, through January 5, 2020

Considered the father of Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, and, by some, twentieth-century abstraction, Édouard Manet (1832–1883) was a revolutionary in his own time and a legend thereafter. Beyond his pivotal role in art history as the creator of such iconic masterworks as

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Olympia (1862–63)

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and Luncheon on the Grass (1863), Manet’s vision has come to define how we understand modern urban life and Paris, the so-called “capital of the nineteenth-century.”

Next fall the Frick will present three Manet canvases from the collection of the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California, marking the first time the paintings will be exhibited together elsewhere since their acquisition. The exhibition will present the paintings as examples encapsulating three “views” of the artist’s life and work. Each canvas offers an opportunity to consider the range of Manet’s pioneering vision:

Still Life with Fish and Shrimp

Still Life with Fish and Shrimp (1864) focuses attention on the paint itself;  

The Ragpicker

The Ragpicker (ca. 1865–71; possibly reworked in 1876) highlights the artist’s use of art historical references; and, finally,

Madame Manet

Madame Manet (ca. 1876) looks at his biography.  

Manet from the Norton Simon Museum is the seventh in a series of acclaimed reciprocal loans with the California museum.

The exhibition and accompanying catalogue—which features new scholarly material on technical analysis, provenance, and dating—are organized and written by the Frick’s Assistant Curator, David Pullins.