Emily A. Beeny: "Édouard Manet and the Illusion of Effortlessness"

November 20, 2019

Emily A. Beeny, Associate Curator of Drawings, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Claude Monet once remarked that Manet “always wanted his painting to look as if done at the first attempt,” but the truth was more complicated. Manet went to great lengths to perfect his work and even greater lengths to conceal the effort involved. From his earliest oil paintings to his late watercolors, this lecture contrasts Manet’s cultivation of a reputation for effortlessness with the arduous reality of his practice.

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