The Manet exhibition, entitled 'Manet: Portraying Life', set to open at The Royal Academy this Saturday, is missing one piece of the collection. The Amazon (1875) has been at Brazil's Sao Paulo Museum of Arts but was supposed to be flown over to reunite it with the rest of Manet's work. However, thanks to heavy snowfall, The Amazon has been temporarily left behind.
At a press conference ahead of the opening, the space where the painting should be had a sign saying "Due to adverse weather conditions, the arrival of this painting has been delayed." But, as curator MaryAnne Stevens admitted, the arrival dates of loaned works aren't usually "that tight" but adding that ""We didn't reckon for the snow. If the snow hadn't been against us we would have been fine... Just as we had the go-ahead for the paintings to come, the snow came down."
As the BBC reports, Manet: Portraying Life will feature over 50 of the iconic 19th century French painter's best works, borrowed from a wide variety of sources from across the world, including both private and public collections. His work bridges the gap between the Realist and Impressionist movements of the century, and kept great company with his artistic peers, with Degas, Monet, Renoir and Cezanne all counted as his friends.
The exhibition is already in great demand and tickets are flying fast. There are extended opening hours on Fridays and Saturdays and it will run at The Royal Academy from 26 January to 14 April.