Pop Art Faces Pompeii, Manet, Bowie in Blockbuster Shows

Edouard Manet once took umbrage at a
sarcastic remark someone made about one of his paintings. He ran
the offender through the shoulder with a sword.

Manet: Portraying Life” (Jan 26 to April 14, sponsored
by BNY Mellon (BK)) at the Royal Academy will provide plenty of
evidence that the artist was right and the critic mistaken.

Manet (1832-83) wasn’t an Impressionist, in fact hard to
classify. This exhibition concentrates on his portraits and
should demonstrate triumphantly that he was one of the supreme
exponents of oil painting in the 19th century.

Nonetheless, the true blockbuster of the spring season is
likely to be “Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum” at
the British Museum (March 28 to Sept 29, sponsored by Goldman
Sachs (GS)
).

The destruction of these Roman cities

Article source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-09/pop-art-faces-pompeii-manet-bowie-in-spring-blockbuster-shows.html

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