Exotic Flower, 1868-1869
etching and aquatint on laid paper
Printed by A. Salmon
35.7 x 26.3 cm; plate: 17.4 x 11.5 cm
National Gallery of Canada (no. 1883)
This print was commissioned for "Sonnets et eaux-fortes" (1869), a book conceived in the spirit of the etching revival with its pairing of poetry and artists' prints. As a source for this etching, Manet draws upon Goya's "Los Caprichos" print series of 1797-99, evoking the Spanish master's graphic style in the silhouette contours of the model, her "Maja"-like features, and dark mantilla head covering.