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La Victoire de Samothrace, Unknown, 190 BC

Asparagus

Manet

1880

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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!".

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