Edouard Manet, Le déjeuner sur l’herbe (1863)

In 1983, the centennial of Edouard Manet’s death was commemorated by an ambitious retrospective jointly organized by two brilliant scholars: the late, much missed, Françoise Cachin, the first director of the Musée d’Orsay, and Charles S. Moffett, then the curator of the Department of European Paintings of the Metropolitan Museum. The version of the exhibition seen at the Metropolitan, after an initial showing at the Grand Palais, Paris, was a stunning comprehensive assembly of an astonishing number of Manet’s most achieved...

 
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