London exhibit features dozens of Manet portraits

By the Associated Press | January 22, 2013 | 10:32 AM EST

A Royal Academy of Arts employee poses for photographers in front of Manet’s oil on canvas painting entitled 'The Railway, 1873' at the gallery in central London, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. The painting depicts one of Manet’s favourite models, Victorine Meurent, posing with a young girl in front of the railings of Gare Saint-Lazare, in Paris and is the first time this painting has been on display in London. The Royal Academy’s major exhibition 'Manet: Portraying Life', that will run from Jan. 26 to April, 14, 2013, features over 50 paintings spanning the career of the modern artist. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

LONDON (AP) — A new exhibition is bringing the works of French Impressionist master Edouard Manet to London — although snow is delaying one painting's arrival.

The Royal Academy show focuses on Manet's portraits, with paintings of the artist, his family and famous friends, including artist Claude Monet and writer Emile Zola.

More than 50 works are to be exhibited, but one was missing from Tuesday's press preview.

"The Amazon" — a portrait of a woman on horseback — has been held up by snow-related delays at Heathrow airport, where hundreds of flights have been canceled.

It is on loan from Brazil's Museu de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand.

Officials are confident the painting will arrive before the exhibition opens on Saturday.

"Manet: Portraying Life" runs in London through April 14.