Ellen Andrée

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Ellen Andrée
Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Luncheon of the Boating Party (Detail of Ellen Andrée).jpg
Andrée drinking in the center of Luncheon of the Boating Party by Renoir
Born 1857
Died 1925
Nationality French
Known for model for Manet, Degas and Renoir

Ellen Andrée (1857–1925) was a French model for Edgar Degas, and other impressionists, in the 1870s.[1]


Andrée was born in 1857 in Paris and lived in the Rue du Rocher. She started working as a model, and has become notable because she appeared in a number of important impressionist paintings. She became an actress in the Naturalist style of theatre, in which the purpose was to give a near perfect view of real scenes and not to rely on the audience's imagination. She worked in that profession for several decades, appearing in plays and comedies such as those by Sacha Guitry and Georges Courteline, but it was the brief period in the 1870s, when she was a model for a number of artists, most importantly Édouard Manet, Edgar Degas and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, that made her name.[2] In 1878 she was the model for Rolla, a painting by Henri Gervex, that was based on a poem by Alfred de Musset.[1]


  • Jean Sutherland Boggs: Degas. Ausstellungskatalog Paris, Ottawa, New York, Réunion des musées nationaux, Paris 1988, ISBN 2-7118-2146-3.
  • Françoise Cachin: Manet. DuMont, Köln 1991 ISBN 3-7701-2791-9
  • John Collins: Ellen Andrée in Berk Jiminez: Dictionary of Artists' Models. Fitzroy Dearborn, Chicago 2001, ISBN 1-57958-233-8.
  • Bernard Denvir: The chronicle of Impressionism. Thames and Hudson, London 1993, ISBN 0-500-23665-8.
  • Benoît Noël, Jean Hournon: Parisiana : la capitale des peintres au XIXe siècle. Presses Franciliennes, Paris 2006, ISBN 2-9527214-0-8.
  • Theodore Reff: Manet and modern Paris. National Gallery of Art, Washington und University of Chicago Press, Chicago und London 1982, ISBN 0-226-70720-2.
  • Maryanne Stevens, Colin B. Bailey, Stephane Guegan: Manet, portraying life, Ausstellungskatalog Toledo Museum of Art und Royal Academy of Arts 2012–13, Royal Academy of Arts, London 2012, ISBN 978-1-907533-52-5.
  • Terry W. Strieter: Nineteenth-century European art. Aldwych Press, London 1999, ISBN 0-86172-115-2.
  • Adolphe Tabarant: Manet et ses oeuvres. Gallimard, Paris 1947.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b Léonard, Sylvie. "Petites histoires de l'art". montpellier.fr. Archived from the original on 4 April 2011. Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Benoit, Noel (2006). Parisiana: la capitale des peintres au XIXème siècle. Dislab.