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Manet Viewing/Viewing Manet (lecture)

Date: Sunday, August 5, 2007
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Free; reservations required.

Édouard Manet's paintings are enigmatic, fascinating, and challenging. They confront and question us. Join John House, Walter H. Annenberg Professor at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, for an exploration of Manet's method and meaning. Learn why Manet's figures look so intently at us, at each other, at themselves, and at unseen figures beyond the canvas. Discover how, in works such as A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, this powerfully original artist reinvented the language of oil paint and created an indelible image of the contemporary world—a world, in House's words, "of vivid sensory experience and moral indeterminacy."

The lecture complements the exhibition Manet's Bar at the Folies-Bergère, the first presentation of this masterpiece on the West Coast.

About John House
John House is Walter H. Annenberg Professor at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, and an expert in French 19th-century art, particularly Impressionism. He is the author of Monet: Nature into Art and Impressionism: Paint and Politics, among other books, and has curated numerous exhibitions on Impressionism and Post-Impressionim in Europe, Canada, and the United States. He is currently working on a book about Realist painting in 19th-century France.

Bar at the Folies-Bergere / Manet

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