Manet and the Sea

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Edouard Manet (1832-1883) was passionate about the sea. Before becoming a painter, he spent six months at sea, and, like many Europeans of his era, he took numerous seaside holidays. Manet made his public debut as a marine painter at the Paris Salon of 1864 with The Battle of the U.S.S. "Kearsarge" and the C.S.S. "Alabama," his dramatic depiction of a U.S. Civil War naval battle off the coast of France, and he continued to paint seascapes throughout his career. These extraordinary works clearly reflect his ...
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Edouard Manet (1832-1883) was passionate about the sea. Before becoming a painter, he spent six months at sea, and, like many Europeans of his era, he took numerous seaside holidays. Manet made his public debut as a marine painter at the Paris Salon of 1864 with The Battle of the U.S.S. "Kearsarge" and the C.S.S. "Alabama," his dramatic depiction of a U.S. Civil War naval battle off the coast of France, and he continued to paint seascapes throughout his career. These extraordinary works clearly reflect his intimate knowledge of and love for maritime vessels and the sea. Manet and the Sea is the first book to highlight the French master's beautiful and varied seascapes. Essays by leading scholars discuss how Manet completely overturned the established academic conventions of marine painting in France. His provocative approach was equal to that of his contemporary Gustave Courbet, and his bold and innovative techniques inspired many younger artists, including Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, James McNeill Whistler, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Essays on these and other artists place their seascapes in relation to Manet's pictures. This handsomely illustrated and designed book presents over one hundred paintings and drawings in full color. Anyone interested in the sea, maritime painting, nineteenth-century French painting, and particularly the role Manet played in the Impressionist revolution, will find this an essential book to own.

Author Biography: Juliet Wilson-Bareau is an internationally acclaimed art historian and one of the leading Manet scholars in the world. She is author or editor of numerous books, including Manet, Monet, and the Gare Saint-Lazare (Yale University Press). David Degener is an independent scholar based in San Francisco.

This book is the catalogue for an exhibiton at The Art Institute of Chicago (October 20, 2003 to January 19, 2004); the Philadelphia Museum of Art (February 15 to May 9, 2004); and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam (June 18 to September 26, 2004). Published in association with the Philadelphia Museum of Art

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This beautifully illustrated and designed catalog by Wilson-Bareau, one of the world's leading art historians on Edouard Manet (1832-83), and independent scholar DeGener showcases Manet's seascapes and accompanies a major exhibition held at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. It includes 132 color and 74 black-and-white illustrations of the exhibit's more than 100 paintings, watercolors, and drawings, culled from 60 public and private collections. Further exploring the French master's marine paintings within their historical, social, and cultural contexts, nine distinguished scholars and museum curators investigate Manet's influence on the marine paintings of James McNeill Whistler, Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Eva Gonzales, and others. This unique and noteworthy book follows two groundbreaking catalogs: Manet/Vel zquez and Manet and the American Civil War. Featuring a high concentration of color images as well as substantial new findings concerning the artist's works and plausible origins of Impressionism, this text belongs in most large public and academic library collections.-Cheryl Ann Lajos, Free Lib. of Philadelphia Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300101645
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 9.98 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Manet and the Dutch Marine Tradition 1
Marine Painting in Mid-Nineteenth-Century France 17
The Sea as Metaphor in Nineteenth-Century France 35
Manet and the Sea 55
Gustave Courbet 159
Johan Barthold Jongkind 173
James McNeill Whistler 187
Claude Monet 201
Berthe Morisot 227
Pierre-Auguste Renoir 243
Eva Gonzales 251
Chronology 254
Bibliography 263
Index of Names and Places 269
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