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Claire Campbell

Claire Campbell

1882

Edouard Manet

(French, 1832-1883)

Pastel

Support: Fabric, nailed to wooden stretcher

Unframed: 55.3 x 45.9 cm (21 3/4 x 18 1/16 in.)

The Fanny Tewksbury King Collection 1956.718

Description

During the late 1870s, Manet turned increasingly to pastel when ill health prevented him from painting in oil. A confident draftsman, he composed pastels without any reliance on underdrawing; each stroke provided both line and color. The palette here is limited to his favorite colors: blue, white, gray, and black. He exploited the medium’s velvety texture to describe this sitter’s glossy black chignon and petal-pink skin. He hardly ever specified his backgrounds, giving them only one color, as seen in this example.

See also
Collection: 
DR - French
Department: 
Drawings
Type of artwork: 
Drawing
Medium: 
Pastel

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