Olga's Gallery

Edouard Manet


Portrait of Henri Rochefort.

1881. Oil on canvas. Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany. Read Note.

Edouard Manet. Portrait of Henri Rochefort.

Henri de Rochefort, Marquis de Rochefort Lucay (1830-1913) civil servant and critic, sub-inspector of the Paris Beaux-Arts. He was condemned under military law to life-imprisonment for his support of the Commune and exiled to New Caledonia in 1873. Four months later he and some other convicts escaped in a whale boat. He lived in Geneva and London until the amnesty made his return to Paris possible, and shortly thereafter he founded a new paper, L'Intransigiant. Ironically, the radical Rochefort later became a follower of General Boulanger and leader of the anti-Dreyfusands.
See: Edouard Manet. The Escape of Rocherfort.