Édouard Manet, Seated, Turned to the Right

Edgar Degas French
Portrait of Edouard Manet French

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This etching is probably the final take in Degas's series of studio portraits of Manet. The sitter is turned to the right here, his legs uncrossed, his overcoat and hat (and gaiters) removed. The stretcher side of a large canvas defines the surrounding space and identifies it as an artist's studio. This dark, geometric backdrop absorbs the figure and makes the composition as tight as a drum.

Édouard Manet, Seated, Turned to the Right, Edgar Degas (French, Paris 1834–1917 Paris), Etching and drypoint; first state of four

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