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The Rabbit

MANET, Edouard (1832 - 1883)

The Rabbit

Date: 1881

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.


Sara Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales Staff
28 November 2016, 14:29

Hi there James and Terry

I have consulted our Department of Art who have confirmed that the canvas is 97.5 x 61 cms (hxw) as above. I have checked our records and there is nothing on the back of the work that corresponds to the mark you mention. The work is currently on display so it would not be possible to to make an appointment to view the back on this occasion.

Thank you for your enquiry,

Digital Team

James Gorin von Grozny
26 November 2016, 13:54
May I please query the dimensions of this marvellously sombre, poignant painting? The measurements given 975 X 610 mm don't correspond with the painting's tall proportions.

We are particularly interested to know if a frame-maker or menuisier's stamp or impressed mark has been recorded on verso stretcher.

We are researching a portrait believed associated with the artist's student, which bears a feint menuiser's stamp of anchor and entwined rope within a c.30mm roundel.

We wonder if the mark is familiar, or whether the Museum's time resources would allow for such obscure inquiry.

Alternatively, may we make an appointment to examine the verso for impressed marks?

Looking fwd to your reply,

James Gorin & Terry Wilcox

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