Saturday, April 13, 2013


If you are a lover of art and a fan of films, then the Fairfield University Quick Center has the perfect ticket for you:  a trio of artists' lives captured on cinema.
Starting with Edouard Manet, entitled "Manet: Portraying Life" on Thursday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m., continuing with Edward Munch in honor of his 150th birthday "Munch 150" on Thursday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m. and concluding with Johannes Vermeer on Thursday, October 10 at 7:30 p.m., "Vermeer and Music:  The Art of Love and Leisure," the series is open to the public at a nominal fee.  Attend one or all three.

With a swirl of color, Edouard Manet helped launch the the transition of French painting from realism to impressionism, helping 19th century artists focus on modern and postmodern-life subjects.  While some of his early work created chaos and controversy, it is believed to have been a rallying point for others to champion.  Born in Paris in 1832 to an upwardly mobile family, he rejected a career in law, preferring to pursue painting.  A trip to the Louvre with an uncle helped to channel his ambitions.

His controversial painting "Luncheon of the Grass," featuring fully clothed men and a nude woman, was rejected for exhibition by the Paris Salon but did find a home at the Salon of the Rejected in 1863.  His subjects included cafe scenes, the upper classes enjoying social activities like parties and dining, war and history painting and street scenes of Paris.

This film, narrated by Tim Marlow, will reveal the  preparations for the recent Royal Academy of Arts' exhibition in London, spanning his entire career.

For tickets ($15, students and children $10), call 203-254-4010 or 1-877-278-7396 or online at

Without need for a passport or portmanteau, pay a visit to 19th century Paris and personally make the acquaintance of painter Edouard Manet.

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