Friend Zacherie Astruc writes poem for Olympia

In Friends, Paris Salon on May 11, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Portrait of Zacharie Astruc, by Manet.

Astruc’s Poem attached to portrait of Olympia, 1863.

“When tired of dreaming, Olympia awakens / Spring enters on the arms of the mild black messenger / She is the slave who, like the amorous night / Comes to adorn with flowers the day beautiful to behold / The august young woman is whom ardor is ever wakeful.”


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