The Little Gypsies (Les petits gitanos)

Édouard Manet1862

Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University

Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University


  • Title: The Little Gypsies (Les petits gitanos)
  • Creator: Édouard Manet
  • Date Created: 1862
  • Signatures / Inscriptions: Inscribed in ink by Manet, lower right: “les petits Gitanos”
  • Set or Series Title: Manet (Edmond Bazire)
  • Print State: Only state
  • Object Type: Prints, works of art
  • Object Link: See this artwork on the Davison Art Center website
  • Object Credit Line: Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University. Gift of George W. Davison (B.A. Wesleyan 1892), 1949
  • Materials & Techniques: Etching on laid paper from bound volume. Watermark: Double florets
  • Keywords: children (people by age group), Romanies, Spain
  • Image Credit Line: Open Access Image from the Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University (http://www.wesleyan.edu/dac/openaccess)
  • Edition: Trial proofs; only trial proofs were made, and only three brown impressions are known to exist. From Edmond Bazire’s one-volume “Manet” (Paris: A. Quantin, 1884), which includes Emile Zola’s “Edouard Manet, étude biographique et critique” (1867) and Charles Cros’s “Le Fleuve”
  • Bibliography: Guérin 20; Moreau-Nelaton 61; Harris 17; "The Prints of Edouard Manet" (Fisher) cat. no. 1, p. 31; for information on the portraits see Heinrich Schwarz, “Two Unknown Portraits of Manet,” Gazette des Beaux-Arts 53 (April 1959); per Fisher (“Manet” 1985, p. 23): “The prints in this volume were extra-illustrated, or bound in. The book was owned at one time by Avery who acquired many of his rarest Manets from George A. Lucas (1824-1909). Lucas was assisted by the major collector of Manet, Henri Guérard (1846-1897) whose association with Manet began in the 1870s. Guérard also printed editions from the plates before Manet’s death and shortly afterward. Major American holdings—Avery & Lucas—derive essentially from Guérard.”
  • Associated People: Created by Édouard Manet (French, 1832-1883)
  • Accession Number: 1949.D1.1.11