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Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: Thierry Ollivier

The Bohemian


Edouard Manet

The pose of this young man with a bent wrist recalls Renaissance painting and endows the work with a touch of nobility. Manet initially depicted him with a family (The Gypsies) before separating him to concentrate on the essential: a lively, resolute young Gypsy who seems to challenge the viewer. His rags of blue, white, red and yellow stand out against the blue of the sky with a boldness criticized by some journalists in 1863. Poor but free and his own master, this figure epitomises the artists of the bohemian Montmartre district of Paris.

Artwork Details

Artist: Edouard Manet
Title: The Bohemian
Geography: Paris, France
Date: 1862-1867

Medium: oil on canvas

Classification: graphic arts (drawing, painting, engraving, calligraphy)
Dimensions: 90.5 x 55.5 x 2.5 cm
Inventory number: LAD 2009.018.001
Contact for images : [email protected]
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