Although not exceedingly well-known today, Marcellin Desboutin (1822 - 1902) was an accomplished printmaker, with a clear penchant for the lively line and the velvety burr of drypoint portraiture.
A flamboyantly Bohemian aristocrat, an intimate friend of both Manet and Degas, he appears in a number of their works and conversely left us quite a few images of his fellow artists, as well as a number of self-portraits.
Fumeur au Grand Chapeau
Smoker in a Large Hat
drypoint, 1888, an undetermined state (of three?), dedicated and signed by the artist
This masterful self-portrait of the artist combines the aesthetics of "realistic" impressionism with Rembranesque introspection.