PRINT December 2004

Carol Armstrong

Manet was an artist who cared a great deal about how his art was exhibited; who, indeed, thought of his own studio as an exhibition space, painting and pairing pictures so that they could talk to each other across that space, and to the memories of pictures from the history of art that they invoked in that space. He was just as adamant about where and how he did not show his art, famously refusing to join his friends Monet and Degas and the others in the Impressionist exhibitions. For as much as he may have been considered a modern by those friends, their critics, and their public, he himself wished to be a courtier-artist who kept company with courtier-artists of the past, now relegated to the museum, such as Titian and Velázquez. He wished, moreover, for his pictures to be seen singly, in pairs, or in trios, and in relation to great single pictures by those courtier-artists of the past,

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