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La queue devant la boucherie (The queue in front of the 
butcher's shop)
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La queue devant la boucherie (The queue in front of the butcher's shop)

1871

Etcher
Edouard Manet (1832 - 1883)

Artist
Edouard Manet (1832 - 1883)

Publisher
Strolin

Etching

Height: 23.9 cm (plate mark); Width: 16 cm (plate mark);

Inscription
Inscription, unsigned

Acquisition
Courtauld, Samuel; gift; 1934
G.1934.SC.190.29

About this work
Manet was deeply moved by the sight of people queuing for food during the four-month Siege of Paris in 1870 and he made it the subject of this print. The density and movement of the crowd huddled under umbrellas outside the butcher’s shop are brilliantly depicted. None of the forms are drawn with a single contour. Their shapes are only evident through the contrasting patterns of short parallel shading and blank areas of paper. (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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