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The house at Rueil

The house at Rueil
(La Maison à Rueil)

oil on canvas
92.8 × 73.5 cm
inscribed in green paint l.l.: Manet / 1882
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1926
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Digitisation Champion Ms Carol Grigor through Metal Manufactures Limited
Gallery location
Late 19th & early 20th Century Paintings & Decorative Arts Gallery
Level 2, NGV International

Purchased from the artist by Jean-Baptiste Fauré (1830–1913), Paris, 1883; with Theodor Behrens (1857–1921), Hamburg, by 1921; with Galerie Barbazanges (dealer), Paris, 1923; from where purchased by Knoedler Gallery (dealer), Paris branch, 15/18 June 1923, no. 7052[1]; transferred to New York branch, 21 November 1924, no. 15649; transferred to Paris branch, May/June 1925; sold to Richard Dudensing & Son (dealer-collector), New York, 21 September 1925; sold by Valentine Dudensing to Knoedler Gallery, November 1925, no. 16333[2]; transferred to London branch, May 1926 no. 7768; from where purchased, for the Felton Bequest, 8 July 1926.


[1] See M. Knoedler & Co. records, approximately 1848-1971, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 2012.M.54, Series I.A, box 7, Painting stock book 7: 15140-17039, January 1921 – December 1927, p. 53, row 39.

[2] Ibid., p. 103, row 54.


The project to reframe Manet’s, The house at Rueil, 1882, began in 2006. Proposals for reframing were tabled at a frame committee meeting in April. At this meeting the Senior Curator International Art recalled an image of the framed painting on exhibition in 1884. The image appears in MANET RACONTÉ PAR LUI-MÊME, 1926, and includes images of all the paintings on display in the posthumous Manet retrospective of 1884.
Considerable research was undertaken to determine what the frame in the photograph actually looked like. Initially it was thought a period frame would be found but the frame appears to be a singular example. A quote to construct a replica, based on the available evidence, was received in April 2008. After much deliberation the frieze section of the frame was based on the frieze section of the eighteenth century French frame on Largillierre’s Crown Prince Frederick Augustus in the collection of the NGV.
The frame is described as: “Hand made and water gilded reproduction of French Empire Neoclassical Revival frame with ornamental mouldings cast in plaster of Paris: leaf, Berainesque frieze, beading, ribbon and cord. (Original pattern illustrated on Manet’s House at Rueil)”.
The frame was fitted to the painting in June 2009.
Assistance with the cost of this frame came from NGV Members.

Reproduction - commissioned by the NGV