Beggar with Oysters (Philosopher)

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

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Date:

1865/67

Artist:

Édouard Manet
French, 1832-1883

About this artwork

By age 30, Édouard Manet had gained recognition at the state-sponsored Salon exhibition in Paris and established himself as the artist to watch, creating new imagery for contemporary works that translated Old Master painting into a modern idiom. Here he looked to the 17th-century Baroque artist Diego Velázquez, whose two paintings of world-weary philosophers (Aesop and Menippus, both c. 1638) Manet had admired that year at the Museo del Prado in Madrid, Spain. Like Velázquez’s representation of the ancient stoics (whose poverty is associated with wisdom), Manet’s beggar-philosophers fit into the popular notion of the social outcast as a seer possessing rare insight.

This painting and Beggar with a Duffle Coat were probably conceived as companion pieces.

On View

European Painting and Sculpture, Gallery 222

Artist

Édouard Manet

Title

Beggar with Oysters (Philosopher)

Origin

France

Date

1860–1870

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Inscribed lower left: Manet

Dimensions

188.0 × 111.0 cm (74 × 43 5/16 in.)

Credit Line

Arthur Jerome Eddy Memorial Collection

Reference Number

1931.504

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