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Manet and his Easel

Jean-Frédéric Bazille (French, Montpellier 1841–1870 Beaune-la-Rolande)
1868–70 (?)
Charcoal, blue and white chalk on blue laid paper faded to yellow-gray
11 5/8 x 8 7/16 in. (29.5 x 21.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
Not on view
This sensitive drawing testifies to the collaboration and friendship among the prominent Impressionist painters. It likely was made in Bazille’s Paris studio on the rue de la Condamine just a year before the artist’s untimely death in the Franco-Prussian War, when hisrelationship with Manet had grown especially close.
Marking: Watermark: Michelet
Old label from backing: A la Palette d'or/ G. André/ 14 Bd. Du Jeu de Paume/ Montpellier/ Encadrements/ Couleur fine/ Et matériel d'artistes/ Peinture, dessin, photgraphie/ Objets Fantaisie à Peindre
The artist’s brother Marc Bazille (1845-1923), Montpellier; the artist’s nephew, André Bazille (1870-1952), Paris; Mme Rachou-Bazille, Paris; Robert Lehman (acquired from Galerie Charpentier sale June 17, 1960, no. 30)
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