Etching and aquatint on laid paper (Hudelist), state III of IV
sheet: 15 x 11 3/8in. (38.1 x 28.9cm)
plate: 12 5/8 x 9 3/8 in. (32 x 23.8 cm)
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection. The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1980
Not on view
This print is the most successful of Manet's several efforts to reproduce the painting of the same title that has been in the Metropolitan Museum's collection since 1889 (89.21.2). Converting brushstrokes into lines never came easily to the artist, but he wisely studied the prints of Goya, where he learned how to tone etchings with aquatint and pack together scribbled lines. Thus, when it came to etching a copy of his painting inspired by one of a court page by Velázquez, he could employ the same methods Goya had used when etching copies of Velázquez's portraits.
Signature: in the plate, lower left: éd Manet
P. Blondel, New York
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.
Palmer Museum of Art. "Manet and Friends: An Exhibition of Prints Organized in Memory of George Mauner," January 15, 2008–April 6, 2008.
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. 18.
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. 174, ill.
Patrick J. McGrady, Nancy Locke Manet and Friends: An Exhibition of Prints Organized in Memory of George Mauner. Exh. cat., Palmer Museum of Art, University Park, PA. University Park, PA, 2008, cat. no. 5, ill.