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Line in Front of the Butcher Shop

A work made of etching in warm black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching in warm black on ivory laid paper.




Édouard Manet (French, 1832-1883)
printed by Henri Charles Guérard (French, 1846-1897)

About this artwork

As a member of the National Guard during the Prussian siege of 1870, Edouard Manet witnessed the misery of wartime Paris. He wrote, “[The] butcher shops open only three times a week, and there are queues in front of their doors from four in the morning, and the last in line get nothing.” The abstract patterns of arrayed umbrellas in this print recall the work of the Japanese printmaker Utagawa Hiroshige. The bayonet rising above the umbrellas, however, reveals the military presence required to control the hungry crowd.


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Prints and Drawings


Édouard Manet


Line in Front of the Butcher Shop


France (Artist's nationality)


Made 1870–1871


Etching in warm black on ivory laid paper


Image: 16.9 × 15 cm (6 11/16 × 5 15/16 in.); Plate: 23.6 × 15.8 cm (9 5/16 × 6 1/4 in.); Sheet: 26.7 × 17.8 cm (10 9/16 × 7 1/16 in.)

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Clarence Buckingham Collection

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