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Portrait of Charles Baudelaire, Full Face, after a photograph by Nadar

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Portrait of Charles Baudelaire, Full Face, after a photograph by Nadar

Portrait de Charles Baudelaire, Visage complet, d'après une photographie de Nadar
Artist: Édouard Manet (1832 - 1883) Primary
Artist: Alfred Salmon Printer
Date: 1868
19th century
Dimensions: 3.54 x 2.95 in. (9 x 7.5 cm)
Dimensions Extent: image
Object Type: Print
Creation Place: Europe, France
Medium and Support: Etching on paper
Credit Line: Gift of James M. Reed, 2017.
Accession Number: 2017.35.52
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Poet and art critic Charles Baudelaire was the first to employ the term "modernity" to signify the experience of contemporary urban life, characterized by “the transitory, the fugitive, the contingent,” which he argued was the special duty of contemporary artists to capture. He posed for many portraits by his friend, the famous photographer Nadar. Manet, a friend to both men, then transformed the photograph into an etching, animated by a dense swirl of short lines.

Beneath the image, Manet is identified as both artist and etcher on the left, with the printer identified at right.


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