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Monday, 11 February 2013

Visiting "Manet: Portraying Life" Exhibition

Two weeks ago I decided to go to Royal Academy of Arts (RA) in order to visit Edouard Manet's exhibition, but because of my laziness and busy days spent on various projects at university (but still more of my laziness) made me postpone my visit. Eventually, today I have stolen some time from my schedule and went to RA. "Manet's Portraying Life" is the first major exhibition in the UK devoted to the work of Edouard Manet. But most importantly, it is the first to focus on this practice as a portrait painter. Quite strange fact though, since Manet was a very committed portraitist throughout his career. Unlike his 'tokayo' as spanish love to say or surnamefellow Claude Monet, Eduoard Manet embraced more of a realist approach. And his elegant awkwardness of style established him as the father of modern art.

My favourite painting of the whole exhibition: The Luncheon, 1868 (Oil on Canvas)

Portrait of Marcellin Desboutin, 1875 (Oil on canvas)

One of the most controversial paintings of Manet: The railway, 1873

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