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Line in Front of the Butcher Shop

A work made of etching in warm black on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of etching in warm black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1870–71

Artist:

Édouard Manet (French, 1832-1883)
printed by Henri Charles Guérard (French, 1846-1897)

About this artwork

As a member of the National Guard during the Prussian siege of 1870, Edouard Manet witnessed the misery of wartime Paris. He wrote, "[The] butcher shops open only three times a week, and there are queues in front of their doors from four in the morning, and the last in line get nothing." The abstract patterns of arrayed umbrellas in this print recall the work of the Japanese printmaker Utagawa Hiroshige. The bayonet rising above the umbrellas, however, reveals the military presence required to control the hungry crowd.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Édouard Manet

Title

Line in Front of the Butcher Shop

Origin

France

Date

Made 1870–1871

Medium

Etching in warm black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

169 × 150 mm (image); 236 × 158 mm (plate); 267 × 178 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1984.1123

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