Head of Jean-Baptiste Faure (1830–1914)

Artist: Édouard Manet (French, Paris 1832–1883 Paris)

Date: 1882–83

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 18 1/8 x 14 7/8 in. (46 x 37.8 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Ralph J. Hines, 1959

Accession Number: 59.129


Painted in the winter of 1882–83, this study of the baritone Jean-Baptiste Faure was one of three executed in preparation for a portrait left unfinished when Manet died a few months later. Earlier, Manet had painted a full-length portrait of the singer in the role of Hamlet (Folkwang Museum, Essen), which drew adverse criticism when it was shown in the Salon of 1877; Faure, who owned many paintings by Manet, refused to accept it.