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Getty acquires Manet’s moody ‘Portrait of Madame Brunet’

One painting at a time, the Getty has been trying to address the familiar complaint that its museum grounds are more exciting than the collection inside. Toward that end, it has announced its acquisition of Édouard Manet’s “Portrait of Madame Brunet,” a prime-period, nearly full-length portrait made in the early 1860s.

This portrait of a lady in black standing against a pastoral background is the Getty’s first big-ticket acquisition under its new president and CEO, James Cuno. He calls it a “painting by Manet at the height of his most inventive powers, done in the same year, 1863, he painted ‘Olympia’ and ‘Le Déjeuner sur l’Herbe.’” (FULL ARTICLE: Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times)