Édouard Manet, Seated, Turned to the Left

Edgar Degas French
Portrait of Edouard Manet French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 899

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.

Édouard Manet, Seated, Turned to the Left, Edgar Degas (French, Paris 1834–1917 Paris), Etching; first state of two

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