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Manet Seated, Turned to the Left

Edgar Degas (French, Paris 1834–1917 Paris)
Portrait of Édouard Manet (French, Paris 1832–1883 Paris)
ca. 1866–68
Etching, first state (one of four known impressions)
plate: 6 3/4 x 4 3/4 in. (17.1 x 12 cm) sheet: 12 5/16 x 8 3/4 in. (31.2 x 22.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Derald H. Ruttenberg Gift, and several members of The Chairman's Council Gifts, 2003
Accession Number:
Not on view
During the 1860s, when Degas was very active as a portraitist, he made his friend Manet the subject of a group of drawings and prints, several of which are in the Museum's collection. This etched portrait evolved from a black-chalk drawing in our collection that shows Manet seated casually on a wooden chair. With his overcoat flung open and his hat clasped in his hand, he appears to have dropped by Degas's studio for a brief visit. The print is a rarity; only three impressions from the plate (printed before Degas's tinkering ruined it) had been documented before this crisp example unexpectedly turned up at an auction in Switzerland.
Philippe Leroy (French, active 2003); Eberhardt W. Kornfeld (Swiss), Berne; Vendor: Galerie Kornfeld (Bern)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Philippe de Montebello Years: Curators Celebrate Three Decades of Acquisitions," October 24, 2008–February 1, 2009.

Toledo Museum of Art. "Manet: Portraying Life," October 4, 2012–January 1, 2013.

Royal Academy of Arts. "Manet: Portraying Life," January 26, 2013–April 14, 2013.

Reed and Shapiro 17.i
Felix Baumann, Marianne Karabelnik, Jean Sutherland Boggs Degas Portraits. Ex. cat. Kunsthaus Zürich, London, December 2, 1994- - June 18, 1995, cat. no. 63, p. 331, ill.

Carmen C. Bambach, Elizabeth E. Barker, Michiel C. Plomp, Nadine Orenstein, Perrin Stein, Samantha Rippner "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 2003-2004." in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. 62, no. 2, Autumn 2004, p. 29, ill.

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