Lola de Valence - EDOUARD MANET
Medium: etching and aquatint
Etching and aquatint, 1863, Harris 33 (vi/VIII), Guérin 23, Fisher 25; edition unknown. 10 1/4 x 7 1/16 in. Signed in the plate lower left. Signed again below with the printed text, "Ed. Manet sculpt." This is a very fine impression printed on cream laid paper bearing a partial watermark, possibly "De Erven De Blauw." The margins are full. The condition is excellent apart from a couple of rust specks in the margins. According to Harris (revised edition, 1990), there were two different lifetime printings of this plate, this one for the Société des Aquafortistes, the first published printing (1863). The second printing was in 1872. "Imp. Delâtre, rue Saint-Jacques, 363, Paris," appears to the left of the printed verse, "Paris, Publié par A CADART & LUQUET, Editeurs, 79 Rue Richelieu" appears in the lower right, just below the image. The Cadart & Luquet blindstamp is also present in the lower margin, center. Number "67" appears in the upper right which refers to this as Plate 67 of Eaux-fortes modernes, 2nd year, 2nd issue. The subject of this lovely print is Lola Melea who was a principal dancer with the Royal Ballet of Madrid. The Ballet appeared in Paris in 1862 at the Hippodrome theatre and Manet asked the dance troupe to pose for him. He also executed an oil painting of the same subject as well as a lithographic sheet music cover. The painting is now in the Musée d'Orsay in Paris.
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