Madame Manet
Édouard Manet (French, 1832-1883)
On View

Manet met his future wife, Suzanne Leenhoff, in 1850, when she arrived in his parents’ household as a piano teacher. Before their marriage, Suzanne served as the model for Manet’s first history painting, and she continued through the succeeding decades to sit for private portraits like this one, painted in the mid-1870s. Capturing the quiet beauty and famously even temper of its subject, this picture also demonstrates a new freshness and informality of handling: Manet’s response to the emerging Impressionist style, particularly the work of Berthe Morisot.


  • Artist Name: Édouard Manet (French, 1832-1883)
  • Title: Madame Manet
  • Date: 1874-1876
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 23-7/8 x 20 in. (60.6 x 50.8 cm)
  • Credit Line: Norton Simon Art Foundation, Gift of Mr. Norton Simon
  • Accession Number: M.1973.4.P
  • Copyright: © Norton Simon Art Foundation

Object Information

The artist; gift to;
George Moore (1852–1933), London, by bequest in 1933 to;
Lady Cunard (Maud Alice Burke, 1872–1948)), London, by bequest to;
Sir Robert Abdy, consigned 30 September 1952 to [Arthur Tooth & Sons], but sold 17 November 1952 to;
[Wildenstein & Co., New York, sold 1956 to];
Norton Simon, gift 1973 to;
Norton Simon Art Foundation

Tableaux de M. Édouard Manet

  • Paris, Avenue de l'Alma, 1867-05 to 1867-05
  • Meier-Græfe, Julius, Edouard Manet,fig. 125
  • Daragon, Éric, Manet,fig. 91
  • Pool, Phoebe; and Sandra Orienti, The Complete Paintings of Manet,no. 107 p. 96
  • Waldmann, Emil, Kunst and Künstler, pp. 43, 52
  • Masterpieces from the Norton Simon Museum,1989, p. 124
  • Venturi, Marcello; and Sandra Orienti, L'opera pittorica di Edouard Manet,no. 107 p. 96
  • Moreau-Nélaton, Étienne, Manet raconté par lui-même,n.1 (no. 14), fig. 114 pp. 86, 95
  • Armstrong, Carol, Manet/Manette,fig. 12 pp. 21, 24
  • Zola, Emile, Revue du XXe siécle, p. 59
  • Rouart, Denis; and Sandra Orienti, Tout l'oeuvre peint d'Edouard Manet,no. 106 p. 96
  • Tabarant, Adolphe, Manet: Histoire catalographique,no. 120 pp. 161, 578
  • Brettell, Richard R. and Stephen F. Eisenman, Nineteenth-Century Art in the Norton Simon Museum, volume 1,2006,
  • Duret, Théodore, Histoire d'Édouard Manet et son oeuvre. Avec un catalogue des peintures et des pastels,no. 105 p. 37
  • Rouart, Denis; and Daniel Wildenstein, Edouart Manet,no. 116 p. 113
  • Jamot, Paul; and Georges Wildenstein, Manet,vol 1, p. 135, no. 144; vol II. fig. 163 p. 135
  • Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best,2010, cat. 30 p. 247
  • Moreau-Nélaton, Étienne, Catalogue manuscrit de l'oeuvre de Manet,no. 106
  • Sutton, Denys, Apollo,fig. 7 p. 171
  • Tabarant, Adolphe, Manet et ses oeuvres,fig. 123 pp. 80, 129-130, 134, 536, 606
  • Pullins, David, Manet: Three Paintings From the Norton Simon Museum,2019, fig. 24 p. 6, pp. 11-14, 17, 18, pp. 63-79, p. 81, 92; p. [10] (ill.), p. [62] (ill.), p. 81 (ill.)
  • The Times, p. 5
  • Trotter, Bob, The Virginia Pilot,
  • Courthion, Pierre, Manet reconté par lui-même et par ses amis, pp. 96, 97; p. 53
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Additional Artwork by Artist

Still Life with Fish and Shrimp Édouard Manet 1864
The Ragpicker Édouard Manet c. 1865-1870

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