Lola de Valence (or Lola of Valencia) is an 1862 painting by French painter Édouard Manet of a Spanish dancer named Dolores Melea.
Analysis of Manet’s Lola de Valence
Dolores Melea was in Paris at the time of this Édouard Manet portrait, starring in Mariano Camprubí’s ballet and poses opulently for this picture in a traditional red and black floral dress.
The painting is reminiscent of Francisco Goya’s works half a century prior. The painting was exhibited amongst a number of other Manet works for the Salon of 1863. It was purchased by French opera singer Jean-Baptiste Faure, who Manet would also paint two portraits of, a decade later.
Édouard Manet’s Lola de Valence is in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France.