Édouard Manet - The ragpicker 1869

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The ragpicker 1869

The ragpicker 1869
194x130cm oil/canvas
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA, USA

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From Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena:
During the 1860s, Manet undertook a series of pictures portraying street characters from the neighborhood of vacant lots and construction sites that surrounded his studio. Perhaps the masterpiece of the series, the Ragpicker (or Chiffonnier) represents the nineteenth-century equivalent of today’s homeless man pushing a shopping cart full of tin cans. With a stick in hand and a sack slung over his shoulder, the chiffonnier salvages rags from the garbage for sale to paper manufacturers. Ragpickers were a source of fascination—and sometimes fear—in nineteenth-century Paris: emblems of the modern city and those it had left behind.