Edouard Manet -
1873. Oil on canvas. The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, USA.
Meurent, Victorine Louise
(1844-1885) was Manet’s favorite model in the 1860s, posing for such important works as
. She went to America in mysterious circumstances in the 1860s and then returned to France, serving again as Manet’s model in the early 1870s, e.g. in
. She became a painter herself, exhibiting a self-portrait at the 1876 Salon when Manet’s submission was rejected, and in the 1879 Salon her entry was in the same room as Manet’s. (
The Street Singer
). She probably died an alcoholic, in poverty.
Mlle Victorine Meurent in the Costume of an Espada
Portrait of Victorine Meurent
The Picnic ("Le Déjeuner sur l'Herbe")
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