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Prints and Drawings
Artist: Édouard Manet, French, 1832–1883

Under the Lamp, from Stéphane Mallarmé’s translation of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven

1875

Transfer lithograph

image: 27.3 × 37.8 cm (10 3/4 × 14 7/8 in.)
framed: 54.6 × 64.8 × 2.5 cm (21 1/2 × 25 1/2 × 1 in.)
The Arthur Ross Collection
2012.159.81.1
Edgar Allan Poe’s writings were immensely popular in France, and probably none more so than The Raven. A translation of The Raven by the Symbolist poet Stéphane Mallarmé was first published in 1874, and shortly afterward he and Édouard Manet became friends. Mallarmé and Manet are considered the founders of modern poetry and painting respectively, and the illustrated book they produced in 1875 was unlike any done previously. The spare image of the empty chair with shading indicating the soul of the narrator caught there “evermore,” and the shadow of the raven on the floor beside it, is the most audacious in all of Manet’s printed oeuvre.
Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
French
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Works on Paper - Prints
Provenance: 

William H. Schab Gallery, New York; Arthur Ross Foundation, New York, to 2012; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

Suzanne Boorsch et al., Meant to Be Shared: The Arthur Ross Collection of European Prints (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2015), 75, fig. 3.

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