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The Gypsies, 1 September 1862

Édouard Manet
French, 1832 - 1883
etching on laid paper
Printed by Auguste Delâtre
46.5 x 30.7 cm irregular; plate: 31.8 x 23.7 cm
Purchased 1931
National Gallery of Canada (no. 3967)

Among his earliest prints, "The Gypsies" serves as the only record of a painting that Manet later cut into fragments. The background figure of a boy drinking from a pitcher is quoted from the Spanish baroque painter Velázquez. Gypsies were a common sight in nineteenth-century Paris, and thus Manet merges artistic tradition with modern life in this image.


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