Skip to content Skip to footer

Hugh Lane Gallery presents Eva Gonzalès Like Never Before

June 1–September 18, 2022

Experience Eva Gonzalès like never before. Hugh Lane Gallery in partnership with The National Gallery, London, is delighted to present the exhibition Eva Gonzalès is what Dublin needs. Although best known for her magnificent portrait painted by Édouard Manet in 1870, Eva Gonzalès is what Dublin needs removes Gonzalès from Manet’s shadow and shines a light on the extraordinary talent of this artist.

Eva Gonzalès is what Dublin needs is the first-ever showcasing in Ireland of a collection of Eva Gonzalès’s work. Her paintings and pastels were admired by her contemporaries and she regularly exhibited in the Paris Salon. The exhibition will provide a window into Manet and Gonzalès’s lifelong artistic dialogue, delving into the complex mixture of mentorship, admiration, and emulation that underpinned their friendship. It will also present a fresh perspective on women artists and their art practice in 19th century Paris and beyond, including Eva Gonzalès, Sarah Cecilia Harrison, Berthe Morisot and Milly Childers.

In developing the themes of the exhibition and exploring the different constructions of gender, status and talent, the works of earlier pioneering female artists such as Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun and Angelica Kauffmann among others, are bought together with several portraits of woman artists painted by their male contemporaries.

Sir Hugh Lane purchased the portrait of Eva Gonzalès by Manet in 1906 for the Gallery of Modern Art for Dublin. It aroused considerable excitement in art circles both in Dublin and London with the incorrigible Irish writer and friend of Sir Hugh, George Moore declaring “Mademoiselle Gonzales is what Dublin needs.”

The exhibition will open June 1, 2022 in Hugh Lane Gallery and will later travel to The National Gallery, London, in October 2022. It celebrates the collegiality and renewed spirit of co-operation between the two institutions following the new the Sir Hugh Lane Bequest Partnership Agreement in 2021.

Eva Gonzalès is what Dublin needs is accompanied by exciting and diverse education programme throughout the duration of the exhibition. Please see for details.

Discover Manet and Eva Gonzalès
The National Gallery, London
October 21, 2022–January 15, 2023

Public talk: June 1, 2022, 1pm
An introduction to the exhibition with Sarah Herring, curator at the National Gallery, London.

Hugh Lane Culture Club: June 10, 10:30am
The Artist at Work, inspired by Eva Gonzales’ exhibition with Yseult O’Driscoll.

Coffee Conversation: June 22, 11am
Discussion with Logan Sisley, Acting Head of Collections and co-curator of the exhibition.

Admission is free. All are welcome.

The exhibition opens in the Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square, Dublin on June 1, 2022 and will run until September 18, 2022.

For further information, contact
Greta Gormley, [email protected] / T (01) 222 5571
Shatabdi Roy, [email protected] / T 01 222 6321

Hugh Lane Gallery
Charlemont House
Parnell Square North
Hours: Tuesday–Thursday 9:45am–6pm,
Friday 9:45am–5pm,
Saturday 10am–5pm,
Sunday 11am–5pm

T +353 1 222 5550
[email protected]
Facebook / Instagram / Twitter