Édouard Manet (French, 1832-1883)


1865, probably printed posthumously


Portrait of Charles Baudelaire, Full Face, after an 1862 photograph by Nadar, 1865, probably printed posthumously
Édouard Manet (French, 1832-1883)
Etching Printed, lower left to lower right: Peint et Gravé par Manet 1865 (sic) Imp. A. Salmon
Unknown source, U1980.3.4

The mercurial French symbolist poet and art critic Charles Baudelaire, who once dyed his hair green, met the controversial artist Édouard Manet in 1858, and their friendship lasted until the writer’s death in 1867. Baudelaire wrote The Painter of Modern Life (1863), an essay that promoted breaking away from the academic to capture the beauty of the present; Manet, whose works were rejected by the Paris Salon, depicted everyday contemporary life. He has been called the father of Modern Art because of his pivotal role in the transition from Realism to Impressionism.

In 1862, the noted French photographer Félix Nadar photographed Baudelaire. The image became the starting point for Manet’s etched full-faced portrait of his friend that went through several states. This is a later state of an unnumbered edition.

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Museums at Washington & Lee University


Édouard Manet (French, 1832-1883), “U1980.3.4,” Museums at Washington and Lee University: Online Exhibits, accessed October 4, 2023, https://omeka.wlu.edu/exhibits-museums/items/show/312.

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