Lola De Valence
Description: One print, etching on paper, entitled Lola De Valence, depicting a Spanish dancer, housed in a linen matted, decorative frame under glass
Medium: Etching on paper
Dimensions: 18 in. x 14 in., unframed ; 23 in. x 19 in., framed
Signature/Markings: Signed in the plate in the lower left quadrant; there is a poem (written in French) by the French poet, Charles Baudelaire located in the center at the bottom within the print; inscribed "Paris, Cadart & Luquet, Editeurs, 79 Rue Richelieu" in the lower right quadrant; inscribed "Imp. Delâtre, Rue St. Jacques, 303, Paris" in the lower left quadrant
Note: The original Lola De Valence, oil on canvas, was painted be Edouard Manet in 1862 and is located in the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, France.
The subject of this piece, Lola Melea, better known as Lola de Valence, was the star of the Camprubi dance troupe, which appeared at the Hippodrome Theater in Paris. Manet's friend, Zacharie Astruc, composed a song about her and Manet made a printed portrait of her for the cover.
This painting of Lola de Valence was done in Manet's studio, and Charles Baudelaire wrote a four-lined poem, comparing Lola's charm to that of a black and rose-colored jewel.