It also seeks to understand the reasons for and effects of Manet's "return" to Venice in 1874, the city he had discovered twenty years earlier. Why Manet felt he had to go to Italy just a few months after the first Impressionist exhibition, having refused to take part, should be considered in the new context of Parisian modernity.
Although not a classic retrospective, Manet. Ritorno a Venezia explores both his earliest works and later ones, whilst retaining an awareness of his close links with Italy. The exhibition thus reveals a little known and misunderstood aspect of Manet's art, whose influences have hitherto been almost exclusively considered to be Spanish.
This event has been made possible thanks not only to the exceptional loans from the Musée d'Orsay, but also from many other international and French institutions, as well as private collectors.
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Under the direction ofGuy Cogeval, director, Musée d'Orsay and Musée de l'Orangerie
Gabriella Belli, director, Fondazione Musei Civici Venezia
CuratorStéphane Guégan, curator, Musée d'Orsay
Exhibition organised by the Fondazione Musei Civici Venezia and the Musée d'Orsay