Manet's 'Execution of Maximillian'
Private View | Mead Gallery
Monday 1 December 2014 - 11:00 until 12:30
Manet's large painting of the execution of the ill-fated Austrian Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian and his generals by Mexican forces in 1867 is now an astonishing patchwork of fragments. The left-hand section of the canvas showing General Mejia was probably cut off by Manet himself. After the artist's death the canvas was cut up into smaller fragments, some of which were sold separately. Edgar Degas eventually purchased the surviving pieces and reassembled them on a single canvas. Part of the National Gallery Collection since 1918, the work is on display at the Mead as part of a three year Masterpiece Tour.
This iconic painting will be shown alongside major works by contemporary international artists who include Edgardo Aragon from Mexico and Omer Fast from Israel. The exhibition explores themes of western imperialism, political and personal betrayal and censorship. Sarah Shalgosky, curator at the Mead, will explore this intriguing Manet and discuss the contemporary works with the insight and enthusiasm we always enjoy.
This event has been organised by the Warwickshire Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.