James C. Meade Friends’ Lecture by Dr. Gloria Groom:

Manet and Modern Beauty

OKCMOA presents a James C. Meade Friends’ Lecture by Dr. Gloria Groom, Chair of European Painting and Sculpture and David and Mary Winton Green Curator at the Art Institute of Chicago

Manet and Modern Beauty: The Last Years

We are pleased to welcome back Gloria Groom for a talk on her newest exhibition Manet and Modern Beauty. By the late 1870s, Édouard Manet had become recognized as a painter of modern life. He had long looked to historical subjects and style for inspiration but in the 1870s grew more and more immersed in the now—eventually proposing a radical new alignment of modern art with fashionable femininity. While he continued to pursue highly finished, heroically scaled paintings intended for the Salon throughout these later years (a time also marked by health problems and limited mobility), he simultaneously approached smaller works more fluidly and spontaneously, taking up pastel and watercolor while unapologetically embracing beauty and visual pleasure.

Tickets are free for members and $12 for non-members. Tickets available at the door and seating is first-come, first served.

See Manet‘s work this summer at the Museum in our exhibition Van Gogh, Monet, Degas opening June 22.



All members receive free admission to James C. Meade Friends’ Lectures. In addition, Friend and Sustainer level members are also extended a special invitation to an exclusive reception prior to each lecture, as well as one annual dinner. Click here to learn more about the benefits of OKCMOA membership.

The 2019 Annual Friends’ Dinner for Friend and Sustainer level members is sponsored by Heritage Trust Company.


Credit: Édouard Manet (1832-1883). On the Beach, Boulogne-sur-Mer, 1869. Oil on canvas. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon. © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts