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image of The Tragic Actor (Rouvière as Hamlet) Edouard Manet (artist)
French, 1832 - 1883
The Tragic Actor (Rouvière as Hamlet), 1866
oil on canvas
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.)
Gift of Edith Stuyvesant Gerry
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From the Tour: Manet and His Influence
Object 6 of 8


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.

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