EXHIBITION Encore: Manet: Portraying Life Picture house at FACT

  • Released2013
  • Running time91 minutes

The first-ever major show in the UK devoted to the portraiture of Edouard Manet, currently at the Royal Academy of Arts, has proved to be a huge hit. If you have been unable to get tickets or can't travel to London, you can still get a close-up view of these stunning works in HD on the big screen.

Portraiture constituted around half of Manet’s artistic output: he painted his family and friends, and also the literary, political and artistic figures of the day. Spanning the entire career of this enigmatic (and at times controversial) artist, Manet: Portraying Life will brings together more than 50 works, including masterpieces such as Music in the Tuileries, Olympia, Luncheon on the Grass and The Railway.

Also featured are portraits of Manet’s most frequent sitter, his wife Suzanne Leenhoff; luminaries of the period, such as Antonin Proust, Émile Zola and Stéphane Mallarmé; and scenes from everyday life, revealing Manet’s forward-thinking, modern approach to portraiture.

This film of the exhibition also includes exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the show's preparation, interwoven with a superbly crafted biography of Manet and 19th-century Paris.

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