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Manet and Modern Beauty: The Artist’s Last Years

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

The name Manet evokes the provocative, heroically scaled pictures he painted in the 1860s for the Salon, but in the late 1870s and early 1880s the artist produced quite a different body of work: stylish portraits of actresses and demimondaines, luscious still lifes, delicate pastels, intimate watercolors, and impressionistic scenes of suburban gardens and Parisian cafés. Often dismissed as too pretty and superficial by critics, these later works reflect Manet’s elegant social world, propose a radical new alignment of modern art with fashionable femininity, and record the artist’s unapologetic embrace of beauty and visual pleasure in the face of death.

Featuring nearly three hundred illustrations and nine fascinating essays by established and emerging Manet specialists, a technical analysis of the late Salon painting Jeanne (Spring), a selection of the artist’s correspondence, a chronology, and more, Manet and Modern Beauty brings a diverse range of approaches to bear on a little-studied area of this major artist’s oeuvre.

This volume is published to accompany an exhibition on view at the Art Institute of Chicago May 26 to September 8, 2019, and at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center October 8, 2019, to January 12, 2020.

Scott Allan is associate curator of paintings at the J. Paul Getty Museum and coauthor, with Édouard Kopp, of Unruly Nature: The Landscapes of Théodore Rousseau (Getty Publications, 2016). Emily A. Beeny, former associate curator of drawings at the J. Paul Getty Museum, is curator in charge of European paintings at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Gloria Groom, chair of European painting and sculpture and David and Mary Winton Green Curator at the Art Institute of Chicago, is a renowned scholar of late nineteenth-century French painting.

“This large, richly illustrated and highly informative catalogue will become an essential addition to the literature on Manet and can be enjoyed by experts and non-specialists alike.”
Alexander Adams Art

“A fine catalogue that does justice to the works and opens up new perspectives on Manet.”
—Michèle Hannoosh, The Art Newspaper

400 pages

9 5/8 x 11 3/8 inches
206 color and 97 b/w illustrations, 1 table

ISBN 978-1-60606-604-1

Getty Publications
Imprint: J. Paul Getty Museum