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Good Tickets Still Available for Last Weeks of Manet and the Sea; Art Institute of Chicago Exhibition Closes January 19.

CHICAGO, Dec. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The Art Institute of Chicago has announced that good tickets are still available for Manet and the Sea, the highly anticipated first exhibition to focus on the seascapes of Edouard Manet, the artist often referred to as the "Father of Impressionism." With plenty of same-day tickets and elbow-room left, visitors are even encouraged to include the acclaimed event -- on view through January 19, 2004 -- in their last-minute plans, and come down and get their tickets on-site at the museum.

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To order tickets in advance, visitors may call 312-930-4040. Call 312-575-8000 to become a member and receive free tickets. For hotel package information, call 1-877-CHICAGO or visit . Tickets are also available on-line at , and through Ticketmaster Illinois Ticket Centers.

Humanity's relationship with the sea is both a surrender to mystery and a struggle for mastery -- not unlike the dramatic and brilliant paintings of Edouard Manet (1832-1883). Manet spent time in his youth as a sailor, and the ever-changing play of wind, light, and boats across the water fascinated him throughout his life. Manet and the Sea presents for the first time a fascinating look at this little-known but significant aspect of the master's work and its place in the evolution of marine painting, also including artists ranging from the Dutch masters to Claude Monet and the other Impressionists. The Chicago Tribune called the exhibition is "beautiful" and "exploratory."

CONTACT: More information and photographs, John Hindman of The Art Institute of Chicago, +1-312-443-3626,

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