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Exhibition: Revealing Édouard Manet’s Portrait of Monsieur Jules Dejouy

National Museum Cardiff
17 January 2023 – 10 January 2025
Cost Free
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National Museum Cardiff proudly presents one of the most significant late portraits by the renowned artist Édouard Manet. This captivating portrait, created at the peak of Manet’s career, depicts his cousin Jules Dejouy, a successful lawyer and a key figure in Manet’s life.

The Story Behind the Painting

Édouard Manet was a revolutionary figure in the 19th-century French art world. His bold defiance of classical painting techniques and his choice to depict modern life made him a pivotal artist in the transition from Realism to Impressionism.

After Manet’s father died in 1862, the artist’s cousin Jules Dejouy took on the role of ‘chief counsellor and guide’ in his life. Dejouy gave his cousin financial support and let Manet use his house in the countryside near Paris as a base for visiting fellow artists, including Claude Monet.

In 1884, the year of the artist’s death, Dejouy helped organise a retrospective exhibition of Manet’s work at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where this remarkable portrait was featured.

Conservation and Unveiling

After more than ninety years in private hands, Manet’s Portrait of Monsieur Jules Dejouy was acquired by Amgueddfa Cymru in 2019.

Thanks to support from the TEFAF Museum Restoration Fund, The Finnis Scott Foundation and the Friends of National Museum Wales, the work has now been restored by Amgueddfa Cymru conservation experts.

Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the fascinating world of Manet and experience the restored Portrait of Monsieur Jules Dejouy. Visit our exhibition today!


A Visitor Car Park is situated behind the Museum, off Museum Avenue. Visitors parking here will receive a ticket at the point of entry and need to pay £6.50 for the day at a pay-station located at the rear of the car park. Please note that the pay-stations only accept card payments – no cash payments are accepted. Visitors can use any credit/debit cards (except for American Express), or Apple or Android Pay.

Parking is free to blue badge holders. Please use the intercom at the exit barrier to verify your blue badge permit. Disabled parking is also available at the front of the Museum, on Gorsedd Gardens Road.

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If you prefer to visit when we’re less crowded, there are usually fewer people on our site from 3pm each day.

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Conserving Manet's portrait of Jules Dejouy (1879)

Timelapse of the conservation of a Manet portrait (1879)


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