This work was created when Manet was 51 and at the end of his career. In 1879 Manet sought medical treatment for a reoccurring leg ailment in Bellevue near Paris. In Bellevue he painted the famous opera singer Emilie Ambre dressed as Carmen and it was in such a setting that Manet painted the portrait of her friend Armand Brun. Wearing a top hat and wide legged pants, the model gives the strong impression of a wealthy nouveau bourgeoisie as he strikes a stylish pose in the shade of a tree. Manet undoubtedly sought to depict the "modern" in this painting of a figure so emblematic of his class that he could have appeared in a naturalist novel. Manet employed his distinctive technique of applying paint directly with fresh brush strokes without underpainting, rendering a fresh, sparkling painting surface that makes the work appear newly painted. In terms of provenance, the work did not end up in the hands of Mr. Brun, but rather entered Degas' collection after Manet's death. Later it entered the Danish Hansen collection, famous for its early Impressionist works, and finally the work came to Japan after Kojiro Matsukata purchased it along with other Impressionists works. (Source: Masterpieces of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 2009, cat. no.67)


  • Title: Portrait of Monsieur Brun
  • Date Created: 1879
  • Location Created: France
  • Provenance: Mme Manet, Paris; Ambroise Vollard, Paris; Edgar Degas, Paris; Auc., Degas, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, March 26, 1918, no. 73; Trotti (acquired at the above sale); Wilhelm, Hansen, Copenhagen; Galerie Hodebert; Kojiro Matsukata (on deposit with Bridgestone Museum of Art, Tokyo since 1953).
  • Physical Dimensions: w1260 x h1943 mm
  • Painter: Édouard Manet
  • Object title (Japanese): ブラン氏の肖像
  • Object notes (Japanese): この作品《ブラン氏の肖像》はマネの51歳の生涯の晩年に描かれた。1879年、脚を病んだマネは治療のため、パリ近郊のべルヴューに滞在していた。ここで著名なオペラ歌手のエミリー・アンブルと知り合った画家は、カルメンに扮した彼女の姿を描くとともに、ここにみられるその友人、アルマン・ブラン氏の肖像を手掛けたのである。山高帽を被り、裾の広がったズボンをはき、酒落者らしい気どったポーズで木蔭に立つモデルは裕福な新興ブルジョワ層に属する人物であろうか。自然主義の小説にでも登場するようなこういったタイプの人間を描くことにマネが「現代性」を見出していたのは疑いない。下塗りをせず、鮮やかな筆遣いで一気に賦彩するマネ独特の技法によって、画面はたった今描かれたような新鮮な輝きをおびている。来歴に関していえば、この肖像は結局ブラン氏の手には渡らず、マネの歿後にドガが手に入れた。その後、初期の印象派のコレクターとして名高いデンマークのハンセン・コレクションにあったが、他の印象派の作品とともに松方幸次郎氏によって購入され、日本にもたらされた。(出典: 国立西洋美術館名作選. 東京, 国立西洋美術館, 2006. cat. no. 67)
  • Artist Name (Japanese): マネ、エドゥアール
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: Donated by the heirs of Mr. Kojiro Matsukata (ex-Matsukata Collection), http://www.nmwa.go.jp/en/information/privacy.html
  • External Link: The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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