Modern Art 101: Édouard Manet, Father of Modern Painting

Buffalo AKG Art Museum, Formerly Columbia University

An art historian by training, Dr. Tina Rivers Ryan is currently Assistant Curator at the Buffalo AKG Art Museum in Buffalo, New York. She holds a BA from Harvard, three master’s Degrees, and a PhD from Columbia, and has taught classes on art at institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, the Pratt Institute, and Columbia University, where she was one of the top-ranked instructors of the introduction to art history, “Art Humanities: Masterpieces of Western Art.” A regular critic for Artforum, her writing has also appeared in periodicals such as Art in America and Art Journal, and in catalogs published by museums including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Walker Art Center.


In this lecture, art historian Dr. Tina Rivers Ryan examines the masterpieces of 19th century French painter Édouard Manet, whose scandalous paintings are widely considered the first examples of modern art. From 1863’s “Olympia” to 1882’s “Bar at the Folies-Bergère,” Manet introduced shocking subject matter and stylistic innovations that came to define modern art for a century, from Pablo Picasso to Jackson Pollock.



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barbara ann.fields

An Open Book

You have shown me a new way of looking at art. I must learn to see it as a book to be studied and/or read referencing the times and influences on the artist.

9 months ago

Made me Appreciate Manet much more

This is an excellent, interesting lecture that made me “discover” Mane much more than I had previously. I had liked his paintings, and knew they were unusual, but hadn’t really recognized why I liked them, or how strange and revolutionary they were. Now I know and I won’t be able to look at his work again without having deeper insights into it, thanks to this lecture.

4 months ago
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