MANET, Edouard (1832 - 1883)
[image: The Rabbit]
Media: oil on canvas
Size: 97.5 x 61.0 cm
Acquired: 1952; Bequest; Gwendoline Davies
Accession Number: NMW A 2466
Collection: The Davies Sisters Collection
Towards the end of his life, Manet was increasingly drawn towards still life. Here is shown a rabbit hanging outside between a window and a trellis. It is one of four decorative panels which he painted in the summer of 1881 near Versailles. That year Manet finally received a medal from the Salon and was made a Chevalier of the Legion d'Honneur. This subject is traditional, but its free technique is assertively Impressionist. Gwendoline Davies purchased this work at Paris in December 1917.