MANET, Edouard
(b. 1832, Paris, d. 1883, Paris)

The Escape of Henri Rochefort

1881
Oil on canvas, 80 x 72 cm
Kunsthaus, Zurich

Victor Henri Rochefort, Marquis de Rochefort-Luçay (1830-1913) was a French writer and politician. In 1870 he became a member of the Government of National Defence, and he openly expressed sympathy with the Communards. In 1871 he was arrested and condemned under military law to imprisonment for life, then transported to New Caledonia. In 1874, he escaped on board an American vessel to San Francisco.




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