The National Museum of Western Art

update 21 August 2019

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Édouard Manet [Paris, 1832 - Paris, 1883]

Portrait of Monsieur Brun

Datec. 1879
Materials/Techniquesoil on canvas
Size (cm)194.3 x 126
Credit LineDonated by the heirs of Mr. Kojiro Matsukata (ex-Matsukata Collection)
Standard ref.Jamot 369; Rouart 326; M688
CategoryPaintings
Collection NumberP.1984-0002
Portrait of Monsieur Brun

The nineteenth century’s Edouard Manet broke new ground for modern painting with works depicting the “now” of contemporary Paris life. A stylish gentleman strikes a pose on a garden path, his summer attire set off by a top hat and heather-weave coat. This is a thoroughly modern image, infused with bright natural light――a recent influence of the Impressionists. After Manet’s death, the portrait came into the hands of Edgar Degas, alas, the eponymous Monsieur Brun never owned it. (Source: Gallery label, October 2016)

Provenance

Mme Manet, Paris; Ambroise Vollard, Paris, 1894; Edgar Degas, Paris; Auc., Degas, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 26 March 1918, no. 73; Trotti (acquired at the above sale); Wilhelm Hansen, Copenhagen, 1918 (selling 1922: 100,000Kr.); Galerie Hodebert, Paris, 1923; Kojiro Matsukata (on deposit with Bridgestone Museum of Art, Tokyo, since 1953); Donated by the heirs of Kojiro Matsukata to the NMWA, 1984.

Exhibition History

1880
Œuvres nouevelle d'Edouard Manet, La Vie Moderne, Paris, 8 April 1880 - 30 April 1880, cat. no. 7
1922
Föreningen Frank Konst, Stockholm, 1922 - 1922, Copenhagen; Oslo, cat. no. 19
1952
Cent portraits d'hommes du XIVe siècle à nos jours, Charpentier, Paris, 1952 - 1952, cat. no. 61b
1953
Ex-Matsukata Collection, Bridgestone Gallery, 1953 - 1953, cat. no. 33
1955
2nd Ex-Matsukata Collection, Bridgestone Gallery, 1955 - 1955, cat. no. 35
1989
Manet, Ordrupgaard, Copenhagen, 15 September 1989 - 26 November 1989, cat. no. 34, col. repr.
2002
Edouard Manet und die Impressionisten, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, 21 November 2002 - 9 February 2003, cat. no. 61, col. repr.
2010
Manet and Modern Paris, Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, 6 April 2010 - 25 July 2010, cat. no. III-96, col. repr.
2012
Manet: Portraying Life, Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio, 4 October 2012 - 1 January 2013, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 26 January - 14 April 2013, cat. no. 38, col. repr.
2013
Monet, An Eye for Landscapes: Innovation in 19th Century French Landscape Paintings, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 7 December 2013 - 9 March 2014
2019
The Matsukata Collection: A One-Hundred-Year Odyssey: Upon the 60th Anniversary of the NMWA, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 11 June 2019 - 23 September 2019, cat. no. 131

Bibliography

1902
Duret, Théodore. Histoire d'Edouard Manet et de son œuvre avec un catalogue des peintures et des pastels. Paris, 1902, no. 260.
1918
Madsen, Karl. Malerisamlingen Ordrupgaard: Wilhelm Hansens Samling: Malerier, Akvareller, Pasteller, Tegninger af franske Kunstnere, Copenhagen, 1918, p. 28, no. 65.
1918
Catalogue des tableaux modernes et anciens; aquarelles, pastels, dessins; collection de Edgar Degas (cat. vente). Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 1918 , p. 23, no. 73.
1919
Duret, Théodore. Histoire d'Édouard Manet et de son oeuvre avec un catalogue des peintures et des pastels. Paris, Bernheim-Jeune & cie, 1919, p. 274, no. 260.
1926
Moreau-Nélaton, Étienne. Manet raconté par lui-même. vol. 2, Paris, 1926, pp. 67-68, fig. 268, repr.
1931
Tabarant, Adolphe. Manet: Histoire catalographique. Paris, 1931, no. 305.
1932
Jamot, Paul; Wildenstein, Georges. Manet. Paris, 1932, p. 165, no. 369, fig. 141, repr.
1947
Tabarant, Adolphe. Manet et ses œuvres. 5e éd, Paris, Gallimard, 1947, pp. 365-366, 542, 613, no. 334, repr.
1948
Vollard, Ambroise. Souvenirs d'un Marchant de Tableaux. Paris, Albin Michel, 1948, p. 77.
1953
Sekai Bijutsu Zenshu. Vol. 23, Tokyo, 1953, pl. 8.
1958
Dorival, Bernard. Un musée japonais d'art français. Connaissance des Arts. no.81, Nov. 1958, pp. 62-63, repr.
1959
Sekai Bunkashi Taikei. Vol. 10, Tokyo, 1959, pl. 4.
1959
Bridgestone Gallery. Tokyo, 1959, p. 2, no. 26, repr.
1961
Sekai Bijutsu Zenshu. vol. 36, Tokyo, Kadokawa-shoten, 1961, pl. 9.
1965
Bridgestone Gallery. Tokyo, 1965, no. 19, repr.
1967
Venturi, Marcello; Orienti, Sandra. L'opera pittorica di Edouard Manet. Milano, 1967, p. 111, no. 286, repr.
1967
Usami, Eiji. L'Art du Monde. Manet/Monet/Degas. Vol.10, Tokyo, 1967, pl. 14.
1968
Mukai, Junkichi. L'Art du Monde. Manet/Monet. Vol.7, Tokyo, 1968, pl. 11.
1970
Rouart, Denis; Orienti, Sandra. Tout l'œuvre peint d'Edouard Manet. Paris, 1970, no. 286, repr.
1971
Takashina, Shuji. Kindai no Bijutsu. Matsukata Collection. Vol.2, Tokyo, 1971, pl. 4.
1971
Sasaki, Hideya. Edouard Manet dans les collections japonaises: peinture à l'huile, pastel, dessin. Bulletin Annuel du Musée National d’Art Occidental, No. 4 (1969), 1971, pp. 27-28, repr.
1971
Kamon, Yasuo. Masterpieces of Bridgestone Museum of Art, Tokyo. Connoisseur. Feb. 1971, p. 85.
1973
Leary, R. H. Japanese and French Paintings in the Bridgestone Museum of Art. Arts of Asia. Jul-Aug, 1973, p. 35.
1975
Rouart, Denis; Wildenstein, Daniel. Edouard Manet: Catalogue raisonné. tome 1 (peintures), Lausanne; Paris, 1975 (Bibliothèque des arts), no. 326, repr.
1975
Ikegami, Chuji. Classici dell'Arte Rizzoli. Manet. Vol. 13, Tokyo, 1975, no. 286, repr.
1977
Bridgestone Museum of Art. Tokyo, 1977, no. 22, repr.
1978
Monneret, Sophie. L'impressionisme et son époque. Paris, 1978, pp. 39, 135, 266.
1980
Vollard, Ambroise. Souvenirs d'un Marchant de Tableaux. Tokyo, 1980, p. 89. (Japanese Translation.)
1988
Annual bulletin of the National Museum of Western Art. No. 19 (1984), 1988, Takahashi, Akiya. New Acqisitions 1984. pp. 26-27, Catalogue of the New Acquisitions 1984. pp. 96-98, repr.
1989
Asmussen, Marianne Wirenfeldt. Wilhelm Hansens oprindelige samling af fransk kunst på Ordrupgaard. Copenhagen, 1989, no. 65.
1989
Masterpieces of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1989 (Japanese, preface in Japanese and English), no. 56, repr.
1990
Catalogue of painting acquisitions: 1979-1989. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1990, pp. 46-48, repr.
1990
The Old Matsukata Collection. Kobe City Museum, ed. Kobe, "Matsukata Korekushon Ten" Jikkoiinkai, 1990, cat. no. 979.
2009
Masterpieces of The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art; Tokyo, The Western Art Foundation, 2009, no. 67, col. repr.
2013
Masterpieces: The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, The Western Art Foundation, 2013 (Japanese, preface in Japanese and English), no. 85, col. repr.

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