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Édouard Manet French, 1832
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.