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Exotic Flower, 1868-1869

Édouard Manet
French, 1832 - 1883
etching and aquatint on laid paper
Printed by A. Salmon
35.7 x 26.3 cm; plate: 17.4 x 11.5 cm
Purchased 1921
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.

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