Madame Manet

Édouard Manet (French, 1832-1883)
Oil on canvas 
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:
© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
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.


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

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