This French artist Edouard Manet (1832-1883) remained an individualist throughout his lifetime, and perhaps it is precisely this independence that makes his perspectives on art and the phenomena of the world so novel and interesting. Even today, we are still fascinated and intrigued by his often puzzling works. The Von der Heydt-Museum Wuppertal has taken on the challenge of making the work of this outsider accessible to new audiences in a comprehensive exhibition. The show presents the broad scope of his oeuvre, starting with his first tentative attempts as a student of Thomas Couture and ending with his last, luminous garden paintings executed during his time in Reuil in 1882.
Manet’s relationship to politics, his world view, and his perspective on society in 19th century France are at the very centre of this exhibition. Works by his fellow artist friends, demonstrating their admiration and Manet’s influence, reflect the fascination that this hero of painting has always inspired. The survey of Manet’s own works also includes pieces from his Spanish period as well as the well- known maritime scenes. His late portraits and figural scenes are defined by the thrilling psychological tension between the protagonists; they seem to anticipate the questions of modern psychology in pictorial form. Manet’s striking compositions were revolutionary and made him into a groundbreaking artist who paved the way for following generations of artists  and who remains an inspiration to this day.

Edouard Manet

24.10.2017 - 25.2.2018


Von der Heydt-Museum
Di-So 11-18 Uhr
Do 11-20 Uhr
Mo geschlossen
Von der Heydt-Kunsthalle
Bis 17. Febr 2019
analog zum Skulpturenpark Waldfrieden:
Freitag bis Sonntag,
jeweils 11-18 Uhr
Edouard Manet
Horsewoman, ca. 1882,
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

Woman with a Jug (Suzanne Leenhoff, later Manet),
1858-60, Ordrupgaard, Copenhagen,
Photo: Anders Sune Berg
Fischerman, um 1862, Von der Heydt-Museum Wuppertal
Longchamp Racecourse, 1867, The Art Institute of Chicago, Potter Palmer Collection
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