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ID number:  BIRBI-46.13
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Manet, Édouard (1832-1883)
Title / Object name:  La guerre civile
Object type:  Print
Place made:  Île-de-France: Paris
Culture:  French
Date made:  1871
Materials:  Lithograph
Measurements:  Plate 39.5 x 50.9 cm; mount 68.3 x 77.1 cm
Provenance:  Purchased from the Leicester Galleries, 1946, for £29.8.0

The lithograph protests against the massacre of Parisian Communards in 1871 by French government forces. This marked the end of the tumultuous Franco-German War and the Seige of Paris. The central dead Communard is dressed in National Guard uniform. The cloth in his hand suggests he waved a white flag of surrender before being shot. A civilian's legs, in striped trousers, adds to the poignancy of the scene. This print was published in 1874 by Lemercier & Cie; Manet's other civil war prints were considered unsuitable and only published posthumously.

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