Edouard Manet’s undated painting Gypsy with a Cigarette was never exhibited during the artist’s lifetime – it was found in his studio after his death and is considered an unfinished work.
As part of the Impressionist movement, Édouard Manet’s work is often characterized by genre subjects caught in the act of daily life. This canvas, however, is in direct contrast with many of the female portraits of its era – this woman has a darker complexion and less finished appearance, and her frontal pose and the cigarette between her lips would be much more common for a male subject.
Édouard Manet’s interest in the work of the Spanish painters Diego Velázquez and Francisco Goya can also be seen reflected in the wide, loose brushstrokes that contribute to the expressiveness of the sitter’s features.
Edouard Manet’s Gypsy with a Cigarette can be found in the Princeton University Art Museum in New Jersey.