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Édouard Manet

Boy with a Sword, 1861

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About the Artwork

Boy with a Sword, 1861. Édouard Manet. Oil on canvas. Gift of Erwin Davis, 1889.
Manet’s stepson, Léon Koëlla-Leenhoff, recalled that he had posed for this picture in 1861, when he was about ten years old. Manet dressed him in a seventeenth-century costume, adding a period sword as a prop—a tribute to the great Spanish painters he admired, notably Velázquez. Critics reviewed the work favorably on the five occasions that Manet exhibited it between 1862 and 1872.

In 1889, the New York collector Erwin Davis donated Boy with a Sword and Young Lady in 1866 (89.21.3) to the Metropolitan; they were the first works by Manet to enter a museum collection.

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Met Custom Prints offers exclusive custom reproductions of artworks in The Met collection. Thanks to gallery-quality materials, we create prints as true to the original work as possible, using strict color management protocols and state-of-the-art printing technology.
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