A-Level: Édouard Manet, The Balcony

Édouard Manet, The Balcony, 1868-69, oil on canvas, 66-1/2 x 44-1/4″ (Musée d’Orsay, Paris)

The three principal figures depicted are each friends of the artist. From left to right they are: the painters Berthe Morisot and Jean Baptiste Antoine Guillemet, and Fanny Claus, a violinist. Some have suggested that the fourth figure, barely visible in the shadows, is the young Leon Leenhoff, the son of Manet’s wife.

Cite this page as: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker, "A-Level: Édouard Manet, The Balcony," in Smarthistory, July 20, 2017, accessed May 19, 2024, https://smarthistory.org/edouard-manet-the-balcony-2/.