The Gypsies, 1 September 1862
etching on laid paper
Printed by Auguste Delâtre
46.5 x 30.7 cm irregular; plate: 31.8 x 23.7 cm
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.