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Revealing how British artists such as John Singer Sargent, Walter Sickert, Gwen John and Vanessa Bell were inspired by one of the most important painters of modern times.

The exhibition takes its title from a work by William Orpen – set 30 years after Édouard ​Manet’s death – which shows eminent Edwardian critics, connoisseurs and painters discussing the artist's portrait of Eva Gonzales. Featuring British impressionists Philip Wilson Steer and Walter Sickert, Orpen highlights Manet – who led the transition from Realism to Impressionism in France – as a key figure in the development of modern art in the UK.

Focusing on the period from 1860 until 1914, the thematic display explores Manet's legacy in Britain. A particular area of interest is the way that he, as a man who relished portraying women, influenced the way other artists depicted female subjects – including female artists themselves.

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

Castle Hill, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 3JU

01603 493625


Opening times

  • Monday to Saturday 10am-4.30pm
  • Sunday 1-4.30pm

(1 July – 23 September 2019 open until 5pm)

  • Closed on 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January

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