Emily A. Beeney

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

Video still of Emily A. Beeny giving lecture at The Frick Collection

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.