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Carolus-Duran (Charles-Auguste-Émile Durand), Portrait of Édouard Manet, 1877, Purchased with the Frederick Lippitt Bequest

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Carolus-Duran (Charles-Auguste-Émile Durand)

Portrait of Édouard Manet

Carolus-Duran (Charles-Auguste-Émile Durand)
French, 1838 - 1917
Portrait of Édouard Manet
Oil on canvas
63.5 x 45.4 cm (25 x 17 7/8 inches)
Purchased with the Frederick Lippitt Bequest 2007.68

Carolus-Duran painted Édouard Manet during the summer of 1877 when they were guests of collector Ernest Hoschedé at his villa near Paris. The two artists had been friends since the start of their careers, sharing a passion for Spanish painting. Carolus-Duran had achieved success with paintings of modern life that balanced academic modeling with lively paint application, while Manet’s unconventional subjects and style continued to challenge critics and viewers alike. In this intimate portrait, both artists seem to have let down their guard. The reliably elegant Manet appears slightly flushed as he leans on one elbow and props his head with his fist. He wears a jaunty straw boater pushed back on his forehead, a casual complement to his otherwise meticulous attire. Abandoning his own tighter style in favor of Manet’s characteristically broad stroke, Carolus-Duran loosely renders his friend’s image, effectively painting him “à la Manet.”

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