Jeanne (Spring) (detail), 1881, Édouard Manet, oil on canvas. The J. Paul Getty Museum Jeanne (Spring) (detail), 1881, Édouard Manet, oil on canvas. The J. Paul Getty Museum
"An exhibition for our time." —The Washington Post

Édouard Manet was a provocateur and a dandy, the Impressionist generation's great painter of modern Paris. This first-ever exhibition to explore the last years of Manet's short life and career reveals a fresh and surprisingly intimate aspect of this celebrated artist's work. Stylish portraits, luscious still lifes, delicate pastels and watercolors, and vivid café and garden scenes convey Manet's elegant social world and reveal his growing fascination with fashion, flowers, and modern femininity, as embodied in the parisienne.

This exhibition has been co-organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago. It is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

The presentation in Los Angeles is made possible with major support from Elizabeth and Bruce Dunlevie. It is sponsored by City National Bank and generously supported by Ellen and David Lee and Maria Hummer-Tuttle and Robert Holmes Tuttle.

Selected Works


Manet and Modern Beauty book cover.

Manet and Modern Beauty

Edited by Scott Allan, Emily A. Beeny, and Gloria Groom.

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Go behind-the-scenes with the exhibition’s curators to discover the creative ways Manet embraced and depicted beauty in his final years.

Pick up a multimedia player free of charge in the Museum Entrance Hall or use your own smartphone on our free GettyLink Wi-Fi.

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Manet and Modern Beauty — The Late Career of the Painter

Discovering the delicate late works of Édouard Manet with the curators of Manet and Modern Beauty.

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