1876. Oil on canvas. Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France. Read Note.
Mallarmé, Stéphane (1842- 1898) French Symbolist poet and writer, influential critic. Close friend of Manet, Renoir, Whistler and Degas. In 1874, Mallarmé wrote a highly positive appraisal of Manet for La Renaissance artistique et littéraire, and another for the Monthly Art Review in 1876. Manet, in turn, illustrated Mallarmé’s translation of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven and made a number of woodcut illustrations for L’Après-midi d’un Faune, which he published in April 1876