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Eva Gonzales

Page history last edited by Thomas Kutzli 10 years, 7 months ago

 Portrait of Eva Gonzalès, 1869-1870, by Manet

 

Eva Gonzalès (April 19, 1849 – May 6, 1883) was a French Impressionist painter.

Like her teacher, Eduard Manet, she never exhibited with the Impressionist painters in their controversial exhibitions in Paris, but she is considered part of the group because of her painting style. She was Manet's only formal student and modeled frequently for several members of the Impressionist school.

She married Henri Guérard and used him and her sister Jeanne Gonzales as the subjects for many of her paintings. Her career was cut short when she died in childbirth at the age of thirty-four, exactly six days after the death of her teacher, Manet.

The painting she is completing in Manet's Portrait of Eva Gonzalès demonstrates the mastery she had achieved at that age. However, it should be noted that this depiction of Gonzales is less than flattering in that her dress, her posture and technique are not actually not those of a professional to painting. The work that Gonzales is working on is in actuallity not her own, but actually one of Manet's paintings.

 

Was she Manet's muse?

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