This small painting is relatively unknown.
While most people know Manet for his provocative works like Olympia or The Luncheon on the Grass, this shows a softer, more intimate side of the artist.
In 1880, Charles Ephrussi, a famous critic and art collector, commissioned Manet to paint a bunch of asparagus.
He paid Manet 200 francs extra by mistake.
Manet, always the gentleman, painted this painting, with a unique asparagus.
He sent it to Ephrussi with a note : “This one was missing from your bunch!".