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Portrait of a Woman with a Black Fichu

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.


c. 1878


Édouard Manet (French, 1832–1883)

About this artwork

Using just a few brushstrokes, Manet gave a full sense of this unidentified sitter’s jovial personality. Her amused half-smile may speak to a pleasant exchange between artist and model. This painting offers valuable insight into Manet’s working process. He initially blocked out the figure with dark, painted lines and then moved on to short, precise strokes in the costume and face. Finally, he applied a thinned green wash that was likely the first step toward patterned background, left unfinished.
The woman’s coiffure, a pile of blue-black hair with curly bangs, helps date this work to the late 1870s.


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Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Édouard Manet


Portrait of a Woman with a Black Fichu


Paris (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


62.2 × 51.2 cm (24 1/2 × 20 1/8 in.)

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Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Larned Coburn Memorial Collection

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