Following an 8 month campaign the Ashmolean has saved Manet's Portrait of Mademoiselle Claus, 1868, for the public.
The portrait was painted in preparation for Manet's celebrated picture Le Balcon, 1868–9 now in the Musée d'Orsay, Paris. The subject is Fanny Claus, a famous violinist and close friend of the artist's wife. She died from consumption aged 30. It was bought in 1884 by the American artist John Singer Sargent and has remained in his family ever since.
This painting is one of the most important Impressionist paintings in the country. The Ashmolean had to raise £7.83 million by 7 August 2012 to buy the painting before it was sold abroad.
With lead support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and gifts from The Art Fund and hundreds of individual donors, we have acquired the painting to keep on public display for the future.
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