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At the Prado, c. 1865

Édouard Manet
French, 1832 - 1883
etching and aquatint on laid paper
46.8 x 28.9 cm irregular; plate: 22.5 x 15.5 cm
Purchased 1952
National Gallery of Canada (no. 6025)

In the fall of 1865 Manet visited Madrid and saw the Prado Museum for the first time. Ever the observer of modern life, the artist was as much attracted by the visitors who strolled in the gardens near the museum, indicated by the background trees, as by its art treasures. He wrote to his friend Henri Fantin-Latour, "The Prado, a charming walk, is filled with pretty women, all with mantillas, which makes a very unusual picture."

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