Musée d’Orsay in Paris Presents Edouard Manet: The Man Who Invented Modernity

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PARIS.- Musée d’Orsay presents Manet, the Man who invented Modernity, on view from April 5 through July 3, 2011. There has been no exhibition exclusively devoted to Manet in France since 1983, where Françoise Cachin and Charles S. Moffett produced a memorable retrospective. In the ensuing twenty-five years, however, there has been much valuable research and fruitful reflection. A rejection of formalism and a return to history, personal as well as collective, characterise the best of this work, whether documenting Manet’s life story or analysing his work, its exhibitions and perceptions. In the mean time, our understanding of French painting from the period 1840 to 1880 became more refined and freed from over-Manicheistic interpretations. From these two developments, in which the musée d’Orsay continues to be involved, a new image of Manet and his generation has appeared. This exhibition aims to demonstrate th