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Beggar with a Duffle Coat (Philosopher)

A work made of oil on canvas.
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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




Édouard Manet
French, 1832-1883

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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, Gallery 222


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Édouard Manet


Beggar with a Duffle Coat (Philosopher)


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


Inscribed lower right: Manet


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

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A. A. Munger Collection

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