Mademoiselle V. . . in the Costume of an Espada

Edouard Manet French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 810

Manet depicted model Victorine Meurent (1844–1927) in the guise of a male espada, or matador, borrowing her pose from a Renaissance print. Victorine’s shoes are unsuitable for bullfighting, and the pink cape that she flourishes is the wrong hue, but she carries off her role with panache. The backdrop reproduces a scene from Goya’s Tauromaquia series celebrating the feats of bullfighters. When this painting was exhibited at the infamous Salon des Refusés of 1863, a commentator noted, "Manet loves Spain, and his favorite master seems to be Goya, whose vivid and contrasting hues, whose free and fiery touch he imitates."

#6148. Mademoiselle V. . . in the Costume of an Espada

Buy a print

Custom framed to suit your space

Mademoiselle V. . . in the Costume of an Espada, Edouard Manet (French, Paris 1832–1883 Paris), Oil on canvas

Due to rights restrictions, this image cannot be enlarged, viewed at full screen, or downloaded.

Open Access

As part of the Met's Open Access policy, you can freely copy, modify and distribute this image, even for commercial purposes.


Public domain data for this object can also be accessed using the Met's Open Access API.