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Les chats (The Cats)
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Les chats (The Cats)

1868

Artist
Edouard Manet (1832 - 1883)

Etcher
Edouard Manet (1832 - 1883)

Publisher
Strolin

Etching

Height: 18 cm (plate mark); Width: 22.3 cm (plate mark);

Inscription
Inscription, unsigned

Acquisition
Courtauld, Samuel; gift; 1934
G.1934.SC.190.28

About this work
The flattened shapes of these three cats, one black, two white, and the extreme simplicity of the design show the influence of Japanese prints. Manet’s etching may represent the initial working out of ideas for illustrations to the fourth edition of Champfleury’s book, Les Chats (1870). The isolated motifs are similar to single images of cats drawn from sketchbooks of Hokusai that were eventually used in the book. (Permanent collection label)



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Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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