Édouard Manet - Stephane Mallarme 1876

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Stephane Mallarme 1876

Stephane Mallarme 1876
27x36cm oil/canvas
Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France

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From Musée d'Orsay, Paris:
This portrait was painted in 1876, the year of the publication of Mallarmé's Après-midi d'un faune, a long poem illustrated by engravings by Manet. The previous year, the painter and writer had already worked together on an illustrated translation of The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe.
Their friendship went back to 1873 and for almost ten years the two men met every day to discuss painting, literature, and the new aesthetic as well as cats and woman's fashion. As he had done with Zola in 1866, Manet undertook this portrait to thank Mallarmé for an article published in an English magazine. Mallarmé was then teaching English at the Condorcet high school. In his article the poet had praised Manet's painting and put him at the head of the Impressionist movement.