Exotic Flower

Print of woman dressed in black, wearing a mantilla and holding a fan

Édouard Manet (1832–1883)
Exotic Flower (Woman in a Mantilla), 1868
Etching and aquatint printed in brown and black on cream laid paper
Sheet: 14 1/4 x 9 9/16 in. (36.2 x 24.3 cm)
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 1986.18

Manet produced this Goyaesque figure for inclusion in an 1869 publication of etchings and poems. It appeared side by side with a sonnet by the contemporary poet Armand Renaud about a woman’s intoxicating beauty.

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