Madame Manet (née Suzanne Leenhoff, 1830–1906) at Bellevue, 1880
Édouard Manet (French, 1832–1883)
Oil on canvas; 31 3/4 x 23 3/4 in. (80.6 x 60.3 cm)
The Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Collection, Gift of Walter H and Leonore Annenberg, 1997, Bequest of Walter H. Annenberg, 2002 (1997.391.4)
Despite the seemingly rapid brushwork and the summary treatment of detail, this painting was preceded by at least two drawings and an oil sketch. Manet's Impressionist style was always founded on careful study and planning. This is Manet's last portrait of his wife; it was painted at Bellevue, a suburb of Paris, where they spent the summer of 1880.