Édouard Manet, Le Gamin, 1862

Artist: Édouard Manet, 1832-1883
Title: Le Gamin
Date: 1862
Medium: Etching on paper
Signature: Signed in the plate lower left
Description: Second state (of two). Published by Lemercier & Cie, Paris. Created after Manet's 1861 oil painting of the same name, 'Le Gamin' is one of Manet's favorite and most touching subjects. It allowed him to demonstrate his versatility in using a fine point and scraper to highlight and model the boy's features, and graphically render textures and tonal values. It is noted that this lithograph was “printed in an edition of one hundred, ... but their rarity suggests a smaller edition.” It was commonplace in the 19th century to print at first only a fraction of the print run that had been announced, with a complementary run following if the work sold well.
Reference: Moreau-Nélaton 86; Guérin 71; Harris 30
Dimensions: 8 1⁄4 x 6 in.
Inventory Number: 907508
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