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The Boy with a Dog, 1861

Édouard Manet
French, 1832 - 1883
etching and aquatint on laid paper
29.6 x 20.6 cm irregular; plate: 20.3 x 14.1 cm
Purchased 1975
National Gallery of Canada (no. 18367)

This etching first appeared in Manet's print portfolio "Huit Gravures à l'eau-forte" of 1862; it was the only one of the set not based upon an existing painting. Manet had befriended the impoverished parents of the barefoot boy, who tragically hanged himself in the artist's studio. The incident inspired Baudelaire's short prose piece "La Corde," published in "Le Figaro", 7 February 1864.

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