|While Manet bore the brunt of strong remarks, he was widely recognized as a talent of enormous promise. He would never have submitted this painting to public review, however; in his eyes too it would have been only an initial essay. But it is certain that he was committed to modern subjects- in this case, a friend and his wife. This was an orientation that Monet greatly appreciated. The painting was also one that he greatly admired, which is perhaps why Manet gave it to him and why Monet kept it until his death in 1926.