The Urchin

Print of boy holding basket and dog

Édouard Manet (1832–1883) 
The Urchin, 1862
Lithograph on cream chine collé on white wove paper
Sheet: 20 1/16 x 14 15/16 in. (51 x 37.9 cm)
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 1962.81

This lithograph is a reinterpretation of one of the artist’s canvases, which he based on paintings by Murillo and Velázquez known through reproductive prints. Manet’s image of a street-smart gamin attests to the artist’s immersion in Spanish art, as well as the productive exchange between painting and prints that informed his work in both media. 

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