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Manet portrait returns to the Ashmolean

Édouard Manet's Portrait of Mademoiselle Claus, saved for the public in 2012, has returned to the Ashmolean after a year-long tour of museums and galleries around the UK.

One of the most important Impressionist paintings in the country, 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. It was bought in 1884 by the American artist John Singer Sargent and had remained in his family since.

Following an 8 month campaign in 2012 the Ashmolean succeeded in raising £7.83 million to acquire the painting and keep it in the UK. The campaign received lead support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), and gifts from The Art Fund and hundreds of individual donors. We remain enormously grateful to everyone who helped to support the campaign.

In 2013 the portrait toured the UK, visiting six museums and galleries where hundreds of adults, families and schoolchildren participated in activities, trails and talks.

The painting visited:

  • The Bowes Museum
  • Southampton City Art Gallery
  • The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
  • The National Gallery of Scotland
  • The National Museum Wales
  • Manchester Art Gallery


Manet at Southampton Art Gallery Manet at The Bowes Museum Activities at the Bowes Museum
On display at the Bowes Museum and Southampton Art Gallery, and family activities at the Bowes.

Now on permanent display in Gallery 65, the painting's return comes just before the opening of Cézanne and the Modern at the Ashmolean. The exhibition of works from the Pearlman Collection will include a matchless group of paintings, sculptures and watercolours by some of the most famous artists of the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist movements, including Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Vincent van Gogh, Édouard Manet, Edgar Degas and Amedeo Modigliani.

Come and see Manet's Portrait of Mademoiselle Claus on display in Gallery 65.

Click on the image below to view a zoomable image of the portrait.

Zoomable Manet Image


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