57.1 x 38.1 cm (22 1/2 x 15 in.)
Gift of Mrs. Lewis B. Williams 1975.83
Catalogue raisonné: Bataille and Wildenstein 558; Angoulvent 410
This pastel's first owner was Berthe Morisot's daughter, Julie Manet, and her husband Ernest Rouart.
In the spring of 1890 Berthe Morisot and her husband, Eugène Manet, rented a house with a garden overlooking the Seine River in the rural French town of Mézy. Morisot worked in the attic studio while the pair was there. A young boy from the village served as the model for this pastel, one of several studies for a full-length painting of Saint John the Baptist with his cross. In this drawing, Morisot developed the loose and sketchy marks that would characterize her final canvas.
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