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The Fat Woman

Photo credit: Tate

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This drawing of a woman seated at a café table is reminiscent of the low-life café scenes of the Impressionists, Degas and Manet. Beardsley was fascinated by the uproar caused by Degas's L'Absinthe (1875-6, Musée d'Orsay) when it was exhibited at the Grafton Galleries in February 1893. However, The Fat Woman is far more witty and executed with astonishing panache and economy of line. The setting is almost certainly the Café Royal in London, a favourite haunt of artists and writers.

Tate

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More information

Date

1894

Medium

Ink on paper

Measurements

H 17.8 x W 16.2 cm

Accession number

N04609

Acquisition method

Presented by Colonel James Lister Melvill at the request of his brother, Harry Edward Melvill 1931

Work type

Drawing & watercolour


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