Professor Robert Lethbridge will speak on 'Manet and the Writers of his Time' at the Royal Academy in London on 4 March 2013.
Professor Lethbridge’s work is focused on late nineteenth-century France and, in particular, the relationship between literature and the visual arts in that period.
Before his return to the College as Master in 2005, Professor Lethbridge was Director of the British Institute in Paris, now renamed as the University of London Institute in Paris. He is Emeritus Professor of French Language and Literature in the University of London. His current research and postgraduate teaching is now in association with the University of Cambridge's Department of French, where he is Honorary Professor.
Professor Lethbridge is the editor of Artistic Relations: Literature and the Visual Arts in Nineteenth-Century France (with Peter Collier), published by Yale University Press in 1994, and Zola and the Craft of Fiction, (with Terry Keefe), published by Leicester University Press.
His recent publications include: "Zola's Manets", in Perspectives on Manet, ed. Therese Dolan, 2012 and "Manet and the Politics of Art", in Art and Literature of the Second Empire, ed. David Baguley 2003.
In 2012 he was made Commandeur dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques for services to French culture and scholarship.
Manet: Portraying Life is at the Royal Academy from 26 January - 14 April 2013.
Left: Edouard Manet (1832-1883) Emile Zola 1868, Oil on Canvas. Musée d’Orsay.