• Title: The Tragic Actor (Rouvière as Hamlet)
  • Creator: Edouard Manet
  • Date Created: 1866
  • Physical Dimensions: overall: 187.2 x 108.1 cm (73 11/16 x 42 9/16 in.) framed: 216.6 x 138.4 cm (85 1/4 x 54 1/2 in.)
  • Provenance: The artist; purchased January 1872 by (Durand-Ruel et Cie, Paris and New York).[1] Jean-Baptiste Faure [1830-1914], Paris.[2] re-acquired by (Durand-Ruel et Cie, Paris and New York), by December 1878;[3] sold 1898 to George Washington Vanderbilt III [1862-1914], Biltmore, near Asheville, and Washington, D.C.;[4] by inheritance to his wife, Edith Stuyvesant Dresser Vanderbilt Gerry [1873-1958], Providence; bequest 1959 to NGA. [1] The painting was Durand-Ruel's stock number 953; see e-mail from Juliet Bareau to Betsy Coman, 9 December 2002, in NGA curatorial files. The date of the sale is given as December 1871 in Etienne Moreau-Nélaton, _Manet raconté par lui-même_, 2 vols., Paris, 1926: 1:130, and Paul Jamot and Georges Wildenstein, _Manet_, 2 vols., Paris, 1932: 1:89, 132. [2] The painting is thought to have been acquired from Durand-Ruel by Faure, a celebrated singer and collector, and then sold back to the dealer at a later date. However, there is no record of either transaction. See Jamot and Wildenstein 1932, 1:132, who list Faure as an owner, and Anthea Callen, "Faure and Manet," _Gazette des Beaux-arts_ 83 (March 1974): 171, 178 n. 91. [3] The painting was Durand-Ruel's stock number 1213; see 2002 e-mail mentioned in note 1. [4] The 1898 sale date to Vanderbilt is given in the entry for the painting in the exhibition catalogue, _Manet en el Prado_, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2003. See also Théodore Duret, _Histoire d'Édouard Manet et de son oeuvre_, Paris, 1902: 212, who places the painting with Vanderbilt.
  • Medium: oil on canvas

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