Edouard Manet (French, 1832–1883)
42.9 x 43.8 cm (16 7/8 x 17 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Oil on canvas
Sidney and Esther Rabb Gallery (Gallery 255)
Victorine Meurent was Manet’s favorite model in the 1860s, posing for Street Singer, also in the MFA’s collection, as well as for such other renowned works as Olympia and Luncheon on the Grass (both now in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris). This portrait is thought to be Manet’s first painting of Victorine.
Upper right: manet
By 1901, William Burrell (b. 1861 - d. 1958), Glasgow; May 16, 1902, Burrell sale, Christie's, London, lot 146, not sold [see note 1]. By 1905 until at least 1906, Bernheim-Jeune, Paris [see note 2]. 1912, with Manzi, Joyant et Cie. (?) [see note 3]. By 1914 until at least 1925, Alphonse Kann (b. 1870 - d. 1948), Paris [see note 4]. Paul Rosenberg et Cie., Paris [see note 5]. By 1931, Robert Treat Paine II (b. 1861 - d. 1943), Boston; by descent to his son, Richard C. Paine, Boston; 1946, gift of Richard C. Paine to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 12, 1946)
 William Burrell lent the painting to the Glasgow International Exhibition, 1901. The information about the Burrell sale comes from a letter from Christie's, London (May 14, 1975; in MFA curatorial file). It has been conjectured that he purchased the painting from the Glasgow art dealer Alexander Reid; see Douglas Cooper, "The Courtauld Collection, a Catalogue and Introduction" (London, 1954), pp. 64-65.  A Bernheim-Jeune label dated 1906 is on the reverse of the painting.  It was included in the "Exposition d'art moderne," Manzi, Joyant et Cie., Paris, 1912, cat. no. 25.  Kann lent it to the exhibitions "Art Français: Exposition d'Art décoratif contemporain, 1800-1885" (Grosvenor House, London, 1914), cat. no. 36 and "Cinquante ans de Peinture Française" (Musée des arts décoratifs, Paris, 1925), cat. no. 41.  According to A. Tabarant, "Manet et ses oeuvres" (Paris, 1947), p. 58.
Gift of Richard C. Paine in memory of his father, Robert Treat Paine 2nd