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Manet and Modern Beauty


J. Paul Getty Museum / Los Angeles / Art

As fashion exhibitions in museums have proven themselves to be blockbusters, curators are more willing to look at the way fashion influenced serious artists. In this case, the artist is Édouard Manet, who was interested in la mode, which went hand-in-hand with modernity. The curators begin in the 1870s, when Manet was embracing beauty—especially fashionable beauty—and painting friends both female and male. —L.J.

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