Study for Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe




Study for Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe

Date of Production



oil on canvas


Height: 89.5 cm (canvas)
Width: 116.5 cm (canvas)

Accession Number


Mode of Acquisition

Samuel Courtauld, gift, 1932


The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust)


Not currently on display


Label Text

This is Manet’s second version of a controversial composition he showed at an exhibition of works rejected by the official Paris Salon. It reworked the theme of a Renaissance painting he had seen in the musée du Louvre, which represented beautiful female nudes listening to male musicians. Manet’s painting was shocking because his pastoral idyll made deliberate references to contemporary life. The men wore modern clothing, and the naked woman was considered ugly. As such, it seemed to mock academic ‘high’ art.


Given by the artist to Commandant Lejosne, Paris; Lejosne faily, Maisons-Lafitte, until 1924; Galerie Druet, Paris; The Independent Gallery, London; purchased by Samuel Courtauld, June 1928; Courtauld Gift,1932.

Exhibition History

Manet/Degas, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 24/09/2023-07/01/2024

Masterpieces of Impressionism from The Courtauld Gallery, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan, 10/09/2019-15/12/2019; Aichi Prefectural Museum, Nagoya, Japan, 03/01/2020-15/03/2020; Kobe City Museum, Kobe, Japan, 28/03/2020-21/06/2020

The Courtauld Collection. A Vision for Impressionism, Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris, 20/02/2019-17/06/2019 ...More

Courtauld Impressionists: From Manet to Cezanne, National Gallery, London, 17/09/2018-20/01/2019

Skins, The Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, 22/04/2017-13/08/2017

Manet (1832-1883) and Venice, Palazzo Ducale & Venice & Italy, 24/04/2013-01/09/2013

Manet - Portraying Life, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 26/01/2013-14/04/2013

The Imaginary Museum (Centenary Exhibition), Pushkin Museum & Moscow & Russia, 27/04/2012-29/07/2012

Part of general displays, Los Angeles & California & USA, 15/04/2004-06/10/2004

Edouard Manet, Fuchu Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan, 28/07/2001-10/12/2001

The Courtauld Collection: Masterpieces of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 14/06/1998-21/09/1998

The Courtauld Collection, Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, 26/12/1997-12/05/1998 ...Less


The Courtauld Collection: Masterpieces of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, Art Gallery of Ontario, 1998


Inscription: inscription : signed : bottom left & recto : : Manet

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