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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.

Date:

c. 1878

Artist:

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.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Édouard Manet

Title

Portrait of a Woman with a Black Fichu

Place

Paris (Object made in)

Date

1873–1883

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

62.2 × 51.2 cm (24 1/2 × 20 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Larned Coburn Memorial Collection

Reference Number

1933.436

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