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In September 1867 Manet interrupted his work on the Maximilian series to attend the funeral of his friend, the writer Charles Baudelaire. He memorialized the event in this painting, which would become the source for the cemetery and landscape in the background of his final painting of Maximilian's execution.

 

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Edouard Manet. The Funeral. c. 1867. Oil on canvas, 28 5/8 x 35 5/8" (72.7 x 90.5 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Collection, Wolfe Fund, 1909 (10.36). © 1993 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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