The Tragic Actor (Rouvière in the role of Hamlet)

A work made of etching and plate tone in black on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of etching and plate tone in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1865–66

Artist:

Édouard Manet
French, 1832-1883

About this artwork

Édouard Manet’s etching depicts Philibert Rouvière in one of his most celebrated roles. The actor stands alone in theatrical lighting, with the diagonals of the rapier and shadows on the floor suggesting his violent state of mind. Rouvière is thought to have based his intense and physically exaggerated portrayal of Hamlet on Delacroix’s series of lithographs, two of which are on display nearby. Manet painted a nearly identical portrait of Rouvière as Hamlet in 1865, now in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. He completed the painting and made this print after the actor’s death, possibly as a tribute.

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Artist

Édouard Manet

Title

The Tragic Actor (Rouvière in the role of Hamlet)

Origin

France

Date

1865–1866

Medium

Etching and plate tone in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

299 × 161 mm (image); 326 × 178 mm (plate); 369 × 221 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

John H. Wrenn Memorial Collection

Reference Number

1962.807

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