Portrait of Mademoiselle Claus
Painted by Edouard Manet (1832-1883)
Oil on canvas
111 x 70 cm
Currently on display in Gallery 65 Pissarro and the Impressionists
This portraitís subject is Fanny Claus (1846Ė77), the closest friend of Manetís wife Suzanne Leenhoff. Fanny was a concert violinist and a member of the first all-woman string quartet. She was one of Manetís favourite sitters and a member of a close-knit group of friends who also provided the artist with models. She married the artist Pierre Prins (1838Ė1913), another friend of Manetís, in 1869, but died of tuberculosis just eight years later at the age of 30.