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Madame Manet (Suzanne Leenhoff, 1830–1906) at Bellevue by Edouard Manet
Madame Manet (Suzanne Leenhoff, 1830–1906) at Bellevue by Edouard Manet

Madame Manet (Suzanne Leenhoff, 1830–1906) at Bellevue, 1880

Edouard Manet

Madame Manet’s face is half-hidden by her veiled hat; the artist barely suggests the gauzy veil with a few feathery streaks of paint. Her dress is built up from a grid-like network of rectangular strokes, ranging in color from pale yellow to black, rust and white. Sinewy curves of russet and tan create the cane chair’s arm. Despite the seemingly rapid brushwork, the artist planned this composition carefully; it was preceded by at least two drawings and an oil sketch. This is Manet's last portrait of his wife, painted at Bellevue, a suburb of Paris, where they spent the summer.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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