Young Lady in 1866: Édouard Manet

Édouard Manet: Young Lady in 1866

In 1866 Édouard Manet paints his model, the young lady Victorine Meurent, in a silken pink robe while bringing a posy to her nose. She looks impassive if somewhat absent-minded as she smells it. Perhaps an allegory or reference to the five senses (the orange, the flowers, the parrot (hearing), the monocle) or perhaps a still life that happens to contain a person, this picture retains a certain mystery.

Édouard Manet’s Young Lady is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

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