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Portrait of Alfred de Musset (1810-1857)

This portrait is one of only a few that Alexandre Bida-known primarily for his depictions of North Africa-created during his career. It depicts the celebrated French poet and novelist Alfred de Musset (1810-1857). Bida was commissioned to create illustrations for an 1865 publication of Musset's collected writings, and the drawing was likely completed in commemoration of that project.

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c. 1850s
Black chalk and graphite with stumping, watercolor, gouache, and fabricated colored chalk on medium weight wove paper
43.6 x 30.7cm
Image and text: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 2023

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