Portrait of Isabelle Lemonnier with a Muff


Edouard Manet ( French, 1832 - 1883 )

About 1879-80
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General Description

Isabelle Lemonnier, a young, fashionable Parisian, was one of Édouard Manet’s favorite models during the final years of his life. Isabelle posed for six oil portraits and numerous pastel and watercolor studies. In this portrait, she wears a brown coat trimmed with fur, and her hands are tucked inside a fur muff. The details of her costume are thinly painted, and the artist’s attention is concentrated on Isabelle’s lively face. Manet’s dynamic brushwork in the lower body makes it appear as if she is moving away to the left, casually throwing us a glance over her shoulder as she departs.

Adapted from

Bonnie Pitman, ed., "Portrait of Isabelle Lemonnier," Dallas Museum of Art: A Guide to the Collection (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2012), 203.

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