In the manner of Goya (Francisco de Goya y Lucientes) (Spanish, Fuendetodos 1746–1828 Bordeaux)
Etching, aquatint, and bitten tone on laid paper (watermarked Hudelist); final state of three, from the 1862 Cadart edition
plate: 13 1/4 x 11in. (33.7 x 27.9cm)
sheet: 18 1/4 x 14 1/8in. (46.4 x 35.9cm)
Rogers Fund, 1969
Not on view
Although Édouard Manet is better remembered for his paintings, he was also a prolific etcher and an early collaborator with Alfred Cadart, who he probably met through their mutual friend, the writer Charles Baudelaire. This print was included in an early project that the artist completed with Cadart, the 1862 album Eaux-fortes par Édouard Manet. The series included a total of nine etchings, six of which reprised the artist's paintings. Mlle. Victorine in the Costume of an "Espada" shows one of the artist's favorite models in Spanish costume, and relates to a painting of the same year (29.100.53). Manet translated the painting's earthy tones into a complex system of textures, achieved through fields of aquatint and densely etched lines.
Signature: in plate, lower left
Marking: watermark: Hudelist
Roger Marx (French, Nancy 1859–1913 Paris); Vendor: Peter H. Deitsch [Fine Arts]
Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Paris. "Manet, 1832-1883," April 22, 1983–August 8, 1983.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Manet, 1832-1883," September 10, 1983–November 27, 1983.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. "Manet/Velàzquez: The French Taste for Spanish Painting," March 4, 2003–June 8, 2003.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," July 15–September 29, 2014.
Françoise Cachin, Charles S. Moffett, Michel Melot Manet 1832-1883. Exh. cat., Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. New York, 1983, cat. no. 35, ill.
Gary Tinterow, Geneviève Lacambre Manet/Velàzquez: The French Taste for Spanish Painting. Exh. cat., Musée d'Orsay, Paris, September 16, 2002-January 12, 2003; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, March 4-June 8, 2003. New Haven, CT, 2002, cat. no. 166, ill.