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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Edouard Manet, French (Paris 1832 - 1883 Paris)
The Balloon
Other Titles
Original Language Title: Le ballon
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

sheet: 48.6 x 62.3 cm (19 1/8 x 24 1/2 in.)

State, Edition, Standard Reference Number

only state
Standard Reference Number
G. 68, M-N. 76, Ber 63, H. 23

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Program for Harvard College Fund
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • Jay McKean Fisher, The Prints of Edouard Manet, exh. cat., International Exhibitions Foundation (Washington D.C., 1985), pp. 54-56 [not Harvard impression]
  • Kristin A. Mortimer and William G. Klingelhofer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums and Abbeville Press (Cambridge and New York, 1986), no. 324, p. 278, repr.
  • Michael Fried, Manet's Modernism; or, The Face of Painting in the 1860s, University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL, 1996), p. 50, fig. 28
  • Michel Melot, The Impressionist Print, Yale University Press (New Haven, CT, 1996), repr. as fig. 69 on p. 62 [not Harvard impression; related bibliography]
  • Linda C. Hults, The Print in the Western World: An Introductory History, University of Wisconsin Press (Madison, WI, 1996), p. 457, fig. 8.28
  • T. J. Clark, "The View from Notre-Dame", The Journal of Baha'i Studies, The Open University (Milton Keynes, 1999), p. 179, pp. 178-80 (pp.64-66, fig.16 of orig.ed.)
  • Stephan Wolohojian and Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Harvard Art Museum/ Handbook, ed. Stephan Wolohojian, Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, 2008), p. 154, repr.

Exhibition History

  • Lithography in France, 1848-1900, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 05/01/1981 - 06/14/1981; Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, 09/08/1981 - 10/15/1981
  • Touchstone: 200 Years of Artists' Lithographs, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 08/15/1998 - 11/01/1998; University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, 07/17/1999 - 09/26/1999; Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, 09/30/1999 - 12/10/2000; William Hayes Ackland Memorial Art Museum, Chapel Hill, 02/04/2001 - 05/13/2001
  • 32Q: 2700 Impressionism, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 03/16/2017 - 07/14/2017

Subjects and Contexts

  • Google Art Project
  • Collection Highlights

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