Constantin Guys

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Constantin Guys
1805-1892
Man and Two Women Talking
Graphite and gray wash on paper.
7 7/16 x 5 inches (189 x 127 mm)
The Joseph F. McCrindle Collection.
2009.161
Provenance: 
Joseph F. McCrindle, New York (McCrindle collection no. A1369).
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Constantin Guys, deemed "the painter of modern life" by friend and critic Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), was famous for his scenes of fashionable Parisian society. Here a dapper man in waistcoat and top hat is deep in conversation with an elegantly dressed woman, while a second woman instead looks to the viewer. Guys' thick flat lines and hollow faces, as evidenced in this drawing, prefigure the compositions of Édouard Manet.

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McCrindle, Joseph F., former owner.

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