In 1800, France stood poised on the threshold of the modern world. With the aristocracy vanquished and Napoleon at the political helm, this remade nation met the new century with a robust spirit. The 19th century offered life transformed; from emperors to barmaids, France was the birthplace of possibility.
Presenting more than 50 first-rate masterworks, A Magnificent Age: French Paintings from the Walters Art Museum celebrated the breathtaking art that emerged from this visionary time: the Neoclassicism of Ingres, the Romanticism of Delacroix, the daring Impressionism that freed artists in the next century to explore new forms of expression and more.
The exhibition was organized by the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. Support was provided by the Louis L. & Adelaide C. Ward Fund for European Art. Additional funding through the Campbell-Calvin Fund and Elizabeth C. Bonner Charitable Trust for special exhibitions. Midwest Airlines was the official airline sponsor.
Edouard Manet, French (1832–83). The Café Concert, 1879. Oil on canvas, 18 5/8 x 15 3/8 in. The Walters Art Museum.