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Grant and I had a lovely day today.
We popped up to London to the
to see the new exhibition,
Manet - Portraying Life.
Would you believe that Edward Manet
was repeatedly rejected by many many art
institutions because they disapproved of
his artwork?! He refused to align himself with
the Impressionists and steadfastly insisted on
remaining a 'Realist' (luckily he came from a rich
family and so was able to stick to his principles
without worrying about providing for his family!).
His passion was to paint real people in real
surroundings and he was also influenced by
the birth of photography.
The galleries were painted a very dramatic
almost-black, which showed off the paintings
to their best advantage. One of the galleries
had just one painting in it,
'Music In The Tuilleries'
(Manet included himself in this painting
and is one of the bearded gentlemen
on the far left).
Manet's mastery of the effect light has on a
subject was stunning. Some of the paintings
looked like they had a spotlight shining onto
them but it was his amazingly clever
My favourite painting to show this is
and, of course,
'Berthe Morisot With a Bouquet of Violets'.
The exhibition was busy but not too busy.
Grant doesn't usually accompany me to 'arty'
events so I wasn't quite sure how he'd enjoy it,
but I think he surprised himself and he happily
chatted about the paintings and the stories
and history behind them.
As we walked through Leicester Square
we spotted a queue of people shivering in the cold,
waiting to see the actors attending the film
premiere of A Good Day To Die Hard.
I loved the premiere set being built -
that's a helicopter you're looking at
(this was as close as I could get).
Good old Bruce!
Hope and I are going to London
on Saturday to see the
at Tate Britain.
I'll be sure to tell you all about it.