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Prints and Authors in the Time of Manet

Félix Bracquemond
French, 1833–1914

Long Live the Tsar! (Vive le Tsar); also called The Gallic Rooster (Le coq gaulois)

Etching, 1893
Frederick B. and Kate L. Shoemaker Fund, 2000.27

Bracquemond’s initiative and spirit put him in the center of many important movements in 19th-century art. He was technical advisor and occasional printer for the group of French landscape painters known as the Barbizon school as well as for the later generation of ‘avant-garde’ artists (he etched Corot’s plates and taught Manet the secrets of the craft). From the early 1860s, he was a close friend of many of the Impressionists.

The Gallic Rooster represents France (whose state symbol was the rooster) celebrating the arrival of the Russian Naval Fleet at Toulon in 1893.