Leenhoff, Suzanne

BORN 30 Oct 1829, Delft, Zuid-holland - DIED 8 Mar 1906, Paris
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Passy Cimetière, 2 Rue du Commandant Schloesing (division 04)

Suzanne Leenghoff had a reputation as an excellent pianist and possibly Franz Liszt advised her to continue her studies in Paris after her heard her play when he visited the Netherlands in 1842. However, there is no proof that he visited the family in Zaltbommel in that year.

She was hired by Auguste Manet in 1851 as a piano teacher for Édouard Manet and his brothers. She developed a strong personal relationship with Édouard and they had a romantic relationship for ten years. After Édouard left home he lived together with Suzanne, but their relationship was kept secret. She may have been the mistress of Auguste Manet as well. In 1852 her son Leon Koella Leenhoff was born and both Auguste and Édouard may have been his father.

After Édouard's father died they married in Zaltbommel on 28 October 1863. Leon Leenhoff often posed for Édouard Manet. In 1868 Manet's friend Degas painted a portrait of Manet and Suzanne.

• Husband: Manet, Édouard (1863-1883, Zaltbommel, Gelderland)


The grave of Édouard Manet and Berthe Morisot at the Passy cemetery, Paris.
Picture by Androom (29 Mar 2010)


Suzanne Manet - Wikipedia

Lefebvre, François Joseph, Duc de Dantzig

Published: 25 Sep 2022
Last update: 25 Sep 2022