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The Barricade

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

Date:

1871

Artist:

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

About this artwork

Like Civil War (1871/73), this print is set during the street fighting of the Paris Commune. The troops here mirror the firing squad in Édouard Manet’s The Execution of Maximilian (1868–69), a series of paintings that, due to their political intonations, were not exhibited in Paris under Napoleon III. Here though, instead of Emperor Maximilian of Mexico—a Hapsburg installed by Napoleon III and executed at the hands of a resurgent Mexican army—Manet depicted insurgent Parisian Communards executed by the French army, as it suppressed the uprising.

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Artist

Édouard Manet

Title

The Barricade

Origin

France

Date

1871

Medium

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

Dimensions

468 × 337 mm (image); 470 × 337 mm (primary support); 604 × 460 mm (secondary support)

Credit Line

Print and Drawing Club Fund

Reference Number

1957.355

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