Young Man in the Costume of a Majo

Artist: Édouard Manet (French, Paris 1832–1883 Paris)

Date: 1863

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 74 x 49 1/8 in. (188 x 124.8 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929

Accession Number: 29.100.54

Description

For this image of one of the dashing young Spaniards known as majos, Manet's younger brother Gustave donned the same trousers and bolero jacket worn by model Victorine Meurent in Mademoiselle V. . . in the Costume of an Espada (29.100.53). Rejected from the Salon of 1863, both paintings were included in the Salon des Refusés that same year. Manet's robust brushwork and bold color were admired by most critics, but some complained that the majo lacked psychological characterization, the artist having rendered his face and hands with no more attention than the details of his costume.

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