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The colour of Manet

The colour of Manet

For £5.9 million, Britain has the wonderful portrait of Mlle Clause, and Edouard Manet has the last laugh

In good hands: Edouard Manet’s portrait of Mademoiselle Claus has been bought for £5.9 million

In good hands: Edouard Manet’s portrait of Mademoiselle Claus has been bought for £5.9 million
When Manet’s painting The Balcony went on show at the Paris Salon in 1869, the jokey response of the cartoonist Cham (of Le Charivari, the French equivalent of Punch) was: “Close the shutters!” Très drôle. The ghost of Manet had the last laugh, for his canvas was bought by the painter Gustave Caillebotte and left by him to the state. It now hangs in the Musée d’Orsay, but a study for the picture, of the violinist Fanny Claus, will now be on show at the Ashmolean, Oxford, thanks to donations of £5.9 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund, £850,000 from the Art Fund and a vital last £1 million from 1,058 different people. The painting has been in Britain since 1884. The Ashmolean has been showing treasures since 1667, and admission is still free. So Mademoiselle Claus is in good hands, and she is off on a little tour of British museums to celebrate.
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December 20, 2012 - Posted by | Art | , , , , ,

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