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Impressionist Masterpiece by Manet to Be Auctioned by Sotheby’s

LONDON.- On June 22, 2010, in its evening sale of Impressionist and Modern Art in London, Sotheby’s will offer a masterpiece by the father and a key figure of Impressionism, Edouard Manet: Self-Portrait with a Palette, estimated at £20–30 million*. Charles Moffett, Sotheby’s Executive Vice President and co-curator of the 1983 landmark Manet exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, describes the painting as “not only the greatest Manet portrait in private hands, but also one of the very greatest self-portraits in the entire canon of art history”. Painted circa 1878, at a point when Manet was enjoying unprecedented critical acclaim, this extraordinary work brings together all the qualities – subtle reference to the Old Masters combined with an audacious, “modern” handling of paint and immediacy – that mark him out as one of the greatest, a