Thursday, June 4, 2015

Le Corbeau

Edgar Degas
Portrait of Édouard Manet

Édouard Manet, in common with many other French artists and authors of the mid-nineteenth century, admired the writings of deceased alcoholic American horror-writer Edgar Allan Poe. In the mid-1870s Manet engraved an imaginary portrait in honor of Poe (with bow on top, below) and a suite of illustrations for a Paris edition of The Raven (Le Corbeau).

Stéphane Mallarmé made the translation into French for this edition.