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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: 186819th 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 Reed, 2017
Accession Number: 2017.35.52
Not on view.
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.
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