Lola de Valence: Édouard Manet

Édouard Manet: Lola de Valence

Lola de Valence (or Lola of Valencia) is an 1862 painting by French painter Édouard Manet of a Spanish dancer named Dolores Melea. She was in Paris at the time 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

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