Le Chanteur espagnol (1860)

Manet, Édouard (1832-1883)

Le Chanteur espagnol (The Spanish Singer)
1860
Oil on canvas, 147.3 x 114.3 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

This painting, which reflects the Parisian vogue for Spanish art and culture during the Second Empire, won Manet his first popular and critical success in his debut at the Salon of 1861. Though the picture was admired for its realistic detail, Manet did not disguise the fact that it was composed in a studio using a model and props. The left-handed singer holds a guitar strung for a right-handed player, and his fingering suggests that he was unfamiliar with the instrument. His outfit was fashioned from costumes that Manet kept on hand; several accessories reappear in paintings in this gallery. (MET)

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Manet, Édouard (1832-1883)
Le Chanteur espagnol
1860
Metropolitan Museum of ArtNew York