Edouard Manet and Music. Dr Lois Oliver. The Arts Society Wensleydale lecture, Middleham Key Centre, Tuesday 9 April 2019, 2pm

Edouard Manet and Music

 

Edouard Manet was a leading opponent of the French Salon in the 1850-60’s contrasting the ‘stews and gravy’ of the academic style with the fresh brush strokes of the Old Masters such as Velazquez. 

His celebration of modern life and his bold technique inspired the Impressionists. Dr Lois Oliver, a gifted violinist and Associate Professor of the History of Art, is an expert on French 19th century painting. She explores the role of music in Manet’s work for The Arts Society Wensleydale on Tuesday 9Th April at 2pm in the Middleham Key Centre.

Music was a constant theme in Edouard Manet’s life and art. His wife Suzanne Leenhoff was a gifted pianist, and musical soirées were held at their home. His pictures of musicians and their audiences range from early canvases of gypsy musicians and Spanish dancers, to paintings of street entertainment, café concerts and the Paris Opera. Manet also designed cover illustrations for music composed by his friends. This lecture brings together Manet’s art and the rich range of music that inspired him, from Spanish flamenco, to Haydn string quartets, Wagner piano transcriptions and café songs.

New members will receive a very warm welcome. Visitors pay £8 a lecture, which will be refunded if they join. Contact Ros Higson on 01765 635244 wensleydale@theartssociety.org  for more details.