worldpaintings: Edouard Manet Rochefort’s Escape (L’Evasion de Rochefort), c. 1881, oil on canvas, 80 x 73 cm, Musée d’Orsay. Virulently opposed to the imperial regime, Victor Henri Rochefort founded a political newspaper, La Lanterne, in 1868. The newspaper, which was published in Brussels, was soon banned. In 1873 the journalist was sentenced to prison for his role during the Commune. His spectacular, swashbuckling escape by sea, in 1874, inspired Manet to paint this composition, six years after the event. This and many other Manet’s masterpieces can be seen in the monumental rooms of the Doge’s Palace, Venice, from April 24 to August 18, 2013. The exhibition Manet. Return to Venice includes about 80 paintings, drawings and prints. It has been planned with the special collaboration of the Musée D’Orsay in Paris, which possesses the largest number of Manet’s masterpieces.