Portrait of Madame Brunet

Object Details

Title:

Portrait of Madame Brunet

Artist/Maker(s):

Édouard Manet (French, 1832 - 1883)

Culture:

French

Date:

about 1861 -1863, reworked by 1867

Medium:

Oil on canvas

Dimensions:

132.4 x 100 cm (52 1/8 x 39 3/8 in.)

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This portrait's bold brushwork, stark contrasts of light and dark, and frank presentation of the sitter reflect Manet's early passion for seventeenth-century Spanish painting. Madame Brunet, the wife of a friend, rejected the painting on account of its perceived ugliness however, and the artist retained it in his studio. He eventually cut off the bottom portion of the canvas, reducing it to a three-quarter-length portrait, and displayed it in his one-man exhibition in Paris in 1867--a show of independence opposite the World's Fair, where more polished examples of society portraiture, like James Tissot's Portrait of the Marquise de Miramon (also in the Museum's collection), could be seen.

Provenance
- 1883

Édouard Manet, French, 1832 - 1883 (Paris) [sold, Manet sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, February 4-5, 1884, lot 15, to Théodore Duret (as agent for Durand-Ruel).]

1884

Galerie Durand-Ruel (Paris) (Paris), sold to Jacques-Emile Blanche, 1884.

1884 - still in 1932

Jacques-Emile Blanche, French, 1861 - 1942 (Paris)

- 1933

M. Knoedler et Cie. (Paris) (Paris), sold to Joan Whitney Payson, November 29, 1933.

1933 - 1975

Joan Whitney Payson, 1903 - 1975 (New York), by inheritance to her daughter Sandra Payson, 1975.

1975 - 1984

Sandra Payson, 1926-2004 (New York and Maine) [sold, Christie's, New York, May 16, 1984, lot 22, to William Koch.]

1984 - 1995

William Koch (New York), sold to a private collector, 1995.

1995 - 2011

Private Collection (New York), sold through Luhring Augustine, New York, to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 2011.

Exhibitions
Manet (March 1863) (Cat. 133)
  • Cercle Artistique (Galerie Louis Martinet), March to March, 1863
Manet (1867) (Cat. 20)
  • Temporary exhibition pavilion, avenue de l'Alma, (Paris), 1867
Exposition de chefs-d'oeuvre de l'école française: vingt peintres du XIXe siècle (May 2 to 31, 1910) (Cat. 120)
  • Galerie Georges Petit, (Paris), May 2 to May 31, 1910
Cent ans de peinture française: exposition au profit du Musée des Beaux-Arts de Strasbourg (March 15 to April 20, 1922) (Cat. 105)
  • 18 rue de la Ville-l'Évêque, (Paris), March 15 to April 20, 1922
Portraits et figures de femmes: Ingres à Picasso (June 1 to June 30, 1928) (Cat. 120)
  • Galerie de la Renaissance, (Paris), June 1 to June 30, 1928
Exposition Manet, 1832-1883 (June to October, 1932) (Cat. 6)
  • Musée de l'Orangerie, (Paris), June to October, 1932
Figure Pieces (March 29 to April 10, 1937) (Cat. 16)
  • Knoedler & Company, (New York), March 29 to April 10, 1937
Exhibition of Paintings for the Benefit of The American Friends of France. The Four Great Impressionists: Cezanne, Degas, Renoir, Manet (March 27 to April 13, 1940) (Cat. 14)
  • Galerie Durand-Ruel (New York), March 27 to April 13, 1940
French Painting from David to Toulouse-Lautrec. Loans from French and American Museums and Collections (February 6 to March 26, 1941) (Cat. 79)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York), February 6 to March 26, 1941
A Loan Exhibition of Manet for the Benefit of the New York Infirmary (February 26 to April 3, 1948) (Cat. 8)
  • Wildenstein & Company, (New York), February 26 to April 3, 1948
Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture Collected by Yale Alumni (May 19 to June 26, 1960) (Cat. 47)
  • Yale University Art Gallery, (New Haven), May 19 to June 26, 1960
New York Collects: Paintings, Watercolors and Sculpture from Private Collections (July 3 to September 2, 1968) (Cat. 93)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York), July 3 to September 2, 1968
From Goya to Wyeth: The Joan Whitney Payson Collection (September 13 to December 9, 1980) (Cat. 16)
  • Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, (Kyoto), September 13 to October 12, 1980
  • Isetan Museum of Art, (Tokyo), October 17 to December 9, 1980
Manet, 1832-1883 (September 10 to November 27, 1983) (Cat. 5)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York), September 10 to November 27, 1983
Manet (September 15 to November 26, 1989) (Cat. 4)
  • Ordrupgaard, (Charlottenlund), September 15 to November 26, 1989
Manet: Portraying Life (October 4, 2012 to April 14, 2013) (36)
  • Toledo Museum of Art, (Toledo), October 4, 2012 to January 1, 2013
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