Beggar with a Duffle Coat (Philosopher)

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

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1865/67

Artist:

Édouard Manet
French, 1832-1883

About this artwork

This painting and Beggar with Oysters were probably conceived as companion pieces. Édouard Manet exhibited them together in 1872, along with paintings of an absinthe drinker and a ragpicker, under the collective title Philosophers. The beggars of Paris, nonconformist types under threat from government schemes intended to drive them out of the city, held a particular fascination for Realist artists and writers. By setting his large-scale figures against empty, dark backgrounds, Manet added to their portraitlike, indeed heroic, presence. By a remarkable coincidence, at the turn of the 20th century, these two closely related works found their way by very different means to the Art Institute’s collection.

On View

European Painting and Sculpture, Gallery 222

Artist

Édouard Manet

Title

Beggar with a Duffle Coat (Philosopher)

Origin

France

Date

1860–1870

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Inscribed lower right: Manet

Dimensions

187.7 × 109.9 cm (73 7/8 × 43 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

A. A. Munger Collection

Reference Number

1910.304

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