Civil War

A work made of lithograph in black, with scraping, on ivory chine  with red and blue fibers laid down on ivory wove paper (chine collé).
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  • A work made of lithograph in black, with scraping, on ivory chine  with red and blue fibers laid down on ivory wove paper (chine collé).

Date:

1871/73

Artist:

Édouard Manet (French, 1832-1883)
printed by Lemercier et Compagnie (French, 19th century)

About this artwork

Édouard Manet drew on his painting The Dead Toreador (1864; National Gallery of Art) for this print, transforming its context from a morbid twist on a festive Spanish tauromaquia to the crisis in France’s short-lived Second Empire (1852–70). The tumultuous years 1870–71 marked the humiliating defeat of France in the Franco-Prussian war, the rise and suppression of the revolutionary Paris Commune, and the dawn of the Third Republic. In this print, an unidentified soldier lies behind a Parisian street barricade. A glimpse of a pin-striped civilian pant leg at the lower right hints at the encroachment of violence on everyday life.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Édouard Manet

Title

Civil War

Origin

France

Date

1871–1873

Medium

Lithograph in black, with scraping, on ivory chine with red and blue fibers laid down on ivory wove paper (chine collé)

Dimensions

398 × 507 mm (image); 400 × 510 mm (primary support); 490 × 609 mm (secondary support)

Credit Line

John H. Wrenn Fund

Reference Number

1946.342

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