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Le Chat et les fleurs

Accession Number

Le Chat et les fleurs

Édouard Manet

Artist Nationality
French (culture or style)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
aquatint and etching on paper

12 3/4 in x 9 7/8 in (32.38 cm x 25.08 cm);19 1/4 in x 14 1/4 in (48.89 cm x 36.2 cm)

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Subject matter
This etching was sold as a stand-alone print before its inclusion in the deluxe edition of an 1870 book called Les Chats, by Jules-François-Félix Husson, better known by his pen name of Champfleury. Manet uses a combination of etching and aquatint to create tonal variation. Scholars note that this print displays Japanese influences with the depiction of a shallow, flat space that enables other details to be accentuated, including the flowers in the composition, which are rendered with dynamic strokes.

Physical Description
On a wooden ledge in the foreground, a cat rubs up against a clawed pot holding flowers. The feline's coat is dark with the exception of a white strip running from its belly up to its chin.  An iron railing spans the width of the background. A second pot of flowers without clawed feet is visible behind the cat; some of its flowers appear to be growing through the lattice of the railing. 

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type
intaglio print

Collection Area

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Felis domesticus (species)
flower vases
flowers (plant components)
furniture feet
illustration (process)
railings (balustrades)
wrought iron (iron alloy)

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