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Manet and Music Dr. Lois Oliver Tuesday 08 October 2019

Music was a constant theme in Edouard Manet's life and art.  His wife was a gifted pianist and regular soirees were held in the family home.  His pictures of musicians and their audiences range from major early canvases depicting itinerant gypsy musicians and Spanish dancers through to paintings of the full range of Parisian musical culture, from private performances to street entertainment, cafe concerts and the Paris Opera.  This lecture brings together Manet's art and the rich range of music that inspired him, from Spanish flamenco to Haydn string quartets, from Wagner piano transcriptions to cafe songs.