Francis Poictevin (1854 - 1904) was a French Symbolist writer. Blanche made a lithograph after this portrait for the frontispiece of Poictevin's 'Paysages et Nouveaux Songes', published in 1888.
This painting for a time belonged to Degas, but he returned it to Blanche, probably when the latter's portrait of Degas (Raleigh, North Carolina Museum of Art) was reproduced in 'The Studio' in December 1903, contrary to Degas's wishes.
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