Musée d'Orsay: Manet... Velázquez... The French Taste for Spanish Painting

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

Edouard ManetLola de Valence© Musée d'Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt
In the mid-nineteenth century, Velázquez supplanted Raphael as a model for the most innovative artists. But he was not the only one. Others included Murillo, Ribera, Zurbarán and, of course, Goya, who first attracted notice with his engravings and who figures as a mediator between the Spanish golden century and modern painting of his time.

The exhibition features a few of the prestigious masterpieces of Spanish painting widely admired then and that have since been dispersed. These will allow visitors to perceive the influence of such artists as Delacroix, Millet, Courbet and Degas among others, around an important series of major paintings by Manet.


of the exhibition
Geneviève Lacambre, conservateur général honoraire du Patrimoine, Musée d'Orsay and Gary Tinterow, Engelhard Curator of 19th-Century European Painting, seconded by Deborah Roldan, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New-York

Exhibition organised by the Réunion des musées nationaux, the Musée d'Orsay and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in collaboration with the Prado museum, supported in France by ABN AMRO

Exhibition also presented at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, from March 4 to June 8, 2003

This exhibition is organised in media partnership with Le Figaroscope and the Mezzo channel


48/14, La revue du musée d'Orsay, issue # 15, Autumn 2002
Musée d'Orsay / Réunion des musées nationaux
€ 11

Exhibition catalogue
Manet/Velazquez, The French Taste for Spanish Painting
New Haven : Yale University Press

17 September 2002 - 12 January 2003
Musée d'Orsay

Temporary exhibition galleries

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