(above) The lecture also known as The reading (Madame Manet and Leon). Edouard Manet. 1868. Musée d'Orsay, Paris. (left) M. et Mme Manet (the parents of Edouard Manet) 1860. Musee D'Orsay, Paris. (below) M. et Mme Manet (the artist and his wife). Edgar Degas. 1869. Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art, Japan.
Manet was married to Suzanne Leenhoff, a Dutch musician two years his senior. He met her when August Manet, his father, hired her to give his sons piano lessons. It is likely that she was the senior Manet's mistress.
Leon Leenhoff was born in 1853 and whether August or Édouard was his father is unknown. From 1853-63, Édouard Manet had a romantic relationship with Leenhoff but it was only after his father's death that he married her. Both Suzanne and her son, Leon, were featured models in Manet's paintings.