The 1881 masterwork comes completely fresh to the market, having remained in the same collection for more than a century and been on loan for the last two decades at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
The proceeds from the sale of the oil painting will benefit a private American foundation supporting environmental, public health and other charitable causes.
From the mid-1860s, Manet (1832-1883) had established his reputation as the leading master of portraiture among the practitioners of “New Painting.”
Actress Jeanne Demarsy is cast as an allegory of spring, a theme artists embraced since antiquity, yet executed in the artist’s ground-breaking painterly style and in a vanguard setting.
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