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

The Raven on the Bust of Pallas, from Stéphane Mallarmé’s translation of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven


Transfer lithograph

image: 48 × 31.2 cm (18 7/8 × 12 5/16 in.)
framed: 64.8 × 54.6 × 2.5 cm (25 1/2 × 21 1/2 × 1 in.)
The Arthur Ross Collection
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.
Not on view
19th century
Works on Paper - Prints

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


Suzanne Boorsch et al., Meant to Be Shared: The Arthur Ross Collection of European Prints (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2015), 75, 140, pl. 58, fig. 3.

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