Leisure time of the Parisian bourgeois; the subversive artistic circle of acquaintances and friends; and the controversial subjects of modern life including the woman at work, and the naked woman of both ‘Le Déjeuner sur l’Herbe’ and ‘Olympia’, have all solidified Manet’s reputation as an artist of the Realist tradition. He controversially heralded the Modern Age, independently breaking from traditional techniques and in the modernist manner, subverted his artistic inheritance whilst retaining its influence.
This – the Royal Academy’s first exhibition to focus on Manet’s portraiture – has been declared the blockbuster exhibition of this year.
For full review see originally published article on The Boar website.
Manet: Portraying Life is being exhibited at The Royal Academy of Arts until 14 April 2013.