The Parisian
  • TitleThe Parisian
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on canvas
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 192 x 125 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 227 x 160 x 13 cm
  • DatingMade 1883
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Édouard Manet, French, born 1832, dead 1883
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Inventory No.NM 2068
  • AcquisitionGift 1917 by a consortium
  • ExhibitedNationalmuseum, Room 1434 1870-1900
  • Description
    Images and media

    This painting shows the actress Ellen André as a Parisienne, who lived and moved in the modern commercial city. Socially, she was often a young working-class woman, making a living as a model, shop assistant, waitress or prostitute. She took great care of her appearance, well aware that she was observed, but also herself an observer. Women were both idolised and restricted in the emerging consumer society.