Édouard Manet - Portrait of Madame Brunet 1867

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Portrait of Madame Brunet 1867

Portrait of Madame Brunet 1867
132x100cm oil/canvas
Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

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From Paul Getty Museum:
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.