The Frick presented three Manet canvases from the collection of the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California. As three distinct views of the artist’s life and work, the canvases demonstrate the range of Manet’s pioneering vision: Fish and Shrimp (1864) focuses attention on the paint itself; The Ragpicker (ca. 1865–71; possibly reworked in 1876–77) highlights the artist’s engagement with art history and contemporary visual culture; and Madame Manet (ca. 1876) prompts consideration of his biography. Manet: Three Paintings from the Norton Simon Museum is the seventh in a series of acclaimed reciprocal loans between the Norton Simon Museum and The Frick Collection. The exhibition and accompanying catalogue were organized and written by David Pullins, Associate Curator in the Department of European Painting, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and formerly Assistant Curator, The Frick Collection.
Major support for the exhibition was provided by Barbara and Brad Evans, Margot and Jerry Bogert, and Denise Littlefield Sobel. Additional funding is generously provided by the Marlene and Spencer Hays Foundation, Kathleen and †Martin Feldstein, and Jeanine Parisier Plottel and Roland Plottel.