This is a Edouard Manet restrike etching titled “LE CHAT AUX FLEURS”.
Struck on thin handmade laid paper. Signed by Manet in the plate (lower left).
Represents a prime, original example of the art of Edouard Manet.
Image Measures 6¾” x 5″. Sheet measures 12½” x 10″.
In excellent condition, comes unframed. Comes with a certificate of authenticity.
From 1860 (the year he created his first original print) etching and lithography became as important to Edouard Manet’s art as his celebrated paintings. Manet was one of the first artists to actively experiment with etching during its revival in France and even contributed an original plate to the first issue published by the Societe des Aquafortistes. During this time Manet also came into contact with other great pioneers of etching and lithography, such as Bracquemond, Ribot, Legros, Whistler and Fantin-Latour. As well, Manet was a close friend of the influential poet, Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), who, through his perceptive and critical writings championed the cause of etching as the highest form of artistic creativity. From 1862 to 1869 the artist etched five portraits of Baudelaire. We have one of those etchings, Portrait of Baudelaire, available here in our webstore.
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