Edouard Manet
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Portrait of Antonin Proust. 1877-1880

Antonin Proust (1832-1905), the uncle of the famous writer Marcel Proust, studied with Edouard Manet at school and in Thomas Couture's studio. Manet became a close friend of Antonin, who gave up the idea of being an artist and became first a journalist and critic and then a politician of the Third Republic who held the post of Minister of Fine Arts for a year. After Manet's death in 1883 Antonin Proust organised an exhibition of his friend's work in 1884 and published a book of memoirs about him. Manet painted Proust many times between 1877 and 1880. This is how Proust recalls the session: "He wanted to paint my portrait on a white, non-primed canvas in a single sitting. After spoiling seven or eight canvases, he managed to paint it straightaway in one session." The portrait here may have been one of the unfinished studies.

Edouard Manet

1832–1883