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Edouard Manet exhibit to open in Rome

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ROME (CP) - Admirers of Edouard Manet will have the opportunity to view 132 of the French impressionist's works, including five prints from the National Gallery of Canada, at an art exhibit opening Saturday in Rome.

The show, which runs through Feb. 5 at the Vittoriano museum, includes oil paintings, sketches, prints and photographs from throughout Manet's career. Among the works from the National Gallery on display will be The Urchin.

The compilation of pieces reflect Manet's passion for the sea, urban scenes and the female body. They also explore the role Spanish artists such as Goya had in influencing Manet's work.

Manet, sometimes called the father of impressionism, caused much consternation among art academics of his day by defying traditional techniques and choosing subjects from current events.

Organizers said the exhibition is meant to illustrate the power of an artist who, despite never having participated in exhibitions by his fellow impressionists, was widely recognized as their leader.

Many of the works on display have been borrowed from France, while others come from museums in Brazil, the United States, as well as Canada. The National Gallery in Ottawa has 15 of Manet's works in its collection, said Anouk Hoedeman, media relations officer.

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