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Les Petit Cavaliers, after Vélazquez

Accession Number
1985/1.191

Title
Les Petit Cavaliers, after Vélazquez

Artist(s)
Édouard Manet

Artist Nationality
French (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
1860-1861

Medium & Support
etching, drypoint, roulette, and aquatint, printed in ink on paper

Dimensions
12 5/16 in x 17 11/16 in (31.27 cm x 44.93 cm);22 1/16 in x 28 1/16 in (56.04 cm x 71.28 cm);17 11/16 in x 12 5/16 in (44.93 cm x 31.27 cm);9 15/16 in x 15 3/8 in (25.24 cm x 39.05 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of the Friends of the Museum of Art in memory of James Vann

Subject matter
Manet's work of the 1860s shows a persistent preoccupation with Spanish themes. He based this etching on his own oil copy of a painting in the Louvre attributed at the time to the Spanish painter Diego Velásquez (1599-1660). The painting had been acquired somewhat recently (in 1851) and became an important icon of Spanish art. By the time Manet painted his copy, France had a Spanish Empress (Empress Eugénie), and a fashion for all things Spanish was in full force. 

Physical Description
The image depicts thirteen men, arranged in three groups and facing in various directions, all standing in a generic outdoor setting. They wear seventeenth century-style costume consisting predominantly of black coats and trousers with white square collars. Several wear black hats, and one waves his hat in the air. The majority either carry or lean on swords. 

Primary Object Classification
Print

Collection Area
Western

Rights
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Keywords
Figures
cavaliers (soldiers)
copies (derivative objects)
costume (mode of fashion)
group portraits
groups
hats
males
men (male humans)
seventeenth century (dates CE)
standing
swords

2 Related Resources

Cultural Influences on French Art
(Part of: HISTART 271: Origins Of Modernism: Art And Culture In Nineteenth Century France)

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