1891 Fredonia Opera House to screen Manet exhibition documentary

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will screen a unique high definition “captured live” event titled Manet: Portraying Life on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

From London’s Royal Academy of Arts, this eagerly awaited exhibition is the first-ever major exhibition in the UK devoted to the portraiture of Edouard Manet. Spanning the entire career of this enigmatic (and at times controversial) artist, Manet: Portraying Life brings together great works from across Europe, Asia and the US.

Captured live in high definition, this cinematic presentation is part of a global revolution bringing the world’s greatest art exhibitions to cinemas and performing arts centers around the world. Hosted by Art Historian Tim Marlow and with expert guests, the presentation doesn’t just cover the exhibition’s paintings. Important questions also are asked and answered …

What lies behind the exhibition creatively and technically? What does this particular collection of paintings and objects reveal about the artist or the particular historical period? What do we learn about the presenting institution?

In Manet: Portraying Life, Manet’s engagement with portraiture is explored, something no exhibition has ever done before despite it forming nearly half of his artistic output. Manet painted his family, friends and the literary, political and artistic figures of his day, giving life not only to his subjects but also to Parisian society of the time.

The exhibition consists of more than 50 works, including masterpieces like Music in the Tuileries, Olympia, Luncheon on the Grass and The Railway. Also featured are portraits of Manet’s most frequent sitter, his wife Suzanne Leenhoff, luminaries of the period Anton Proust, Emile Zola and Stephane Mallarme, and scenes from everyday life revealing Manet’s forward-thinking, modern approach to portraiture.

The presentation also reveals exclusive behind-the-scenes moments of the Royal Academy’s exhibition preparation – moments usually hidden from view – and interweaves a detailed, superbly crafted biography of Manet and 19th century Paris.

This presentation is part of the Exhibition series of events, which will also feature similar documentaries on Edvard Munch in September and Johannes Vermeer in October. Support for the series is provided by Dr. James M. and Marcia Merrins.

Tickets to Manet: Portraying Life are $15 ($10 students) and are available in advance by calling or visiting the Box Office at 679-1891 Tuesday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. or online anytime at

Chautauqua County’s only performing arts center presenting its own programming year-round, the 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit