Ashmolean Museum campaigning to save Manet’s Portrait of Mademoiselle Claus

. July 1, 2012 . 0 Comments

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology in Oxford has four weeks left to raise £595,000 to save Manet’s portrait of Fanny Claus for the public. 93% of the £7.83 million total has already been raised.

Edouard Manet, Portrait of Mademoiselle Claus, 1868. Oil on canvas, 111 x 70 cm.

The museum has until August 2012 to save this key Impressionist painting Portrait of Mademoiselle Claus, 1868,for public display. The portrait has been sold to an overseas buyer for £28.35 million but, under a private treaty sale, with tax remission it can be purchased by an approved UK public collection at the greatly reduced price of £7.83 million.

In recognition of the painting’s extraordinary importance, the Heritage Lottery Fund has given lead support to the campaign with a £5.9million grant. Together with The Art Fund’s major award of £750,000 and hundreds of individual donors, the Ashmolean has already raised over £7.2million.

Donations can be made at: http://www.ashmolean.org/manet/

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