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La Toilette
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La Toilette


Edouard Manet (1832 - 1883)

Red chalk on laid paper

Height: 29 cm; Width: 20.8 cm;


Graphite, verso, 19 large

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Courtauld, Samuel; bequest; 1948

About this work
Manet made this drawing in preparation for an etching, reversed as part of the printing process. The central figure’s contours have been incised for transfer to the copper plate. The use of red chalk – unusual by the mid-nineteenth century – and the time-honoured subject of the female bather reveal Manet’s engagement with predecessors such as Rembrandt, whose works he admired. This preliminary drawing shows him experimenting with the position and pose of the figure behind the bather. Traces of his initial ideas are visible at upper left. (Permanent collection label)

This work is not on display
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Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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