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