Manet... Velázquez... The French Taste for Spanish Painting

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Edouard ManetThe Spanish Singer© Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Returning from a short stay in Madrid on September 14, 1865, Manet wrote to Baudelaire that Vélázquez "is the greatest painter there ever was". Fascinated by Spain, Manet wanted to judge for himself the artist's work mostly exhibited at the royal museum in Madrid.

Presented at the Musée d'Orsay and then at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the exhibition will show the evolution of 19th-century painting as the rules of academicism and technique derived from Raphael were progressively replaced by a freer style of painting, allowing for a better grasp on reality and an impression of life rendered by colour strokes. The exhibition is not a presentation of Spain as seen by travellers, even though the theme of bull races painted by Goya, Dehodencq and Manet are shown

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