Victorine Meurent

Dangerous Women


“Manet built his entire career on her face and body” a reference to one of the most familiar faces from 19th Century painting, Victorine Meurent. Manet’s greatest muse and star of nine of his paintings (most famously, perhaps, Olympia), Victorine had a fascinating life beyond being an artists’ model. Linda Smith clears up some misconceptions about one of painting’s best-known faces.

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