Edouard Manet and his Music

Dr Lois Oliver

15th September 2021

Manet & music


Music was a constant theme in Edouard Manet’s life and art. His wife was a gifted pianist, and they held regular musical soirées at their home. His pictures of musicians and their audiences range from major early canvases depicting itinerant gypsy musicians and Spanish dancers, through to paintings encompassing the full range of Parisian musical culture, from private performances to street entertainment, café concerts and the Paris Opera. Manet also designed cover illustrations for music composed by his friends. Bringing together Manet’s art and the music that inspired him, including flamenco, Wagner, café songs, and opera highlights, this lecture will immerse you in Manet’s world.


Lois worked at the Harvard Art Museums before joining the curatorial team at the V&A and then the National Gallery. Currently Curator of Paintings and Sculpture at the Royal Academy, Associate Professor in History of Art at the University of Notre Dame in London, and a Visiting Lecturer at the Courtauld Institute, Lois writes audio and multimedia tours for clients including the National Gallery, Royal Academy, Royal Collection, and Tate, and has appeared on BBC Radio and TV. She is also a keen violinist and plays regularly with the Endellion Festival Orchestra.