Norwich set for major Manet exhibition

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), The Black Brook, c1908, 77.5 x 93 cm, purchased by the Tate in 1935

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), The Black Brook, c1908, 77.5 x 93 cm, purchased by the Tate in 1935, as featured in Homage to Manet at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery from January 31-April 19 2015. - Credit: Tate Images / Tate Images

Homage to Manet, running from January 31 to April 19, is the latest blockbuster exhibition from Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, which brought us the hugely-popular Roman Empire: Power and People and The Wonder of Birds in 2014.

Portrait of Mademoiselle Claus, 1868, by Edouard Manet (1832-1883), oil on canvas 128.5cm x 87cm (fr

Portrait of Mademoiselle Claus, 1868, by Edouard Manet (1832-1883), oil on canvas 128.5cm x 87cm (framed), the centrepiece of the 'Homage to Manet' exhibition at Norwich Castle (January 31-April 19 2015). - Credit: Archant

Homage to Manet, for which the EDP is media partner and which is principally sponsored by Birketts LLP in association with the East Anglia Arts Fund and Arts Council England, explores the legacy of one of the most important and controversial artists of modern times, the French artist Edouard Manet.

The central theme of the exhibition looks at Manet's influence on future generations of artists, not only in their depiction of women, but also in the way he paved the way for professional female artists in the 20th century.

Focusing on the period from 1860 to 1914, the exhibition draws together 60 oils, paintings and drawings on loan from national collections such as the British Museum, Tate and National Portrait Gallery as well as private collectors.

Artists featured include Claude Monet, John Singer Sargent, Walter Sickert, Vanessa Bell, Alfred Munnings, Laura Knight and Philip Wilson Steer.

The exhibition is complemented by an extensive programme of talks, special events, workshops, drama and children's activities.

Weekend magazine will include a special feature each week during the exhibition's run, exploring local connections, artists' stories, fashion and much more.

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More information from http://www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/

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