Manet, Monet, and the Gare Saint-Lazare

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In 1874, the year of the first Impressionist exhibit, Manet showed his painting Gare Saint-Lazare at the Paris Salon. This book considers the enigmatic painting-exhibited as Le Chemin de fer (The Railway)- and the symbolic importance of the railroad in the work of Manet, Monet, Caillebotte, and other artists of the time. The book identifies the precise site of Manet's picture and sheds light on the crucial question of plein air versus studio painting.
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Progress, and its resultant machines and societal shifts, inspired the French Impressionists to reflect the changing world in their art. The train station at Saint-Lazare in Paris was a physical testament to the new age, and Édouard Manet and his compatriots painted it and its environs at a time when art was limited to portraiture and realistic landscapes. In this catalogue for the Musée D'Orsay's traveling exhibition of the same name, this important moment in art history is examined. Well researched and beautifully produced, the book includes reproductions of the artist's work as well as maps and photos of the station as it looked then and now.
Robin Lippincott
[A] fascinating and valuable work of scholarship. -- NY Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300075106
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Author's Acknowledgments
Lenders to the Exhibition
Introduction 1
"The Railway" and Its Context
The Batignolles School: The 1860s 9
Victorine: The Art of Painting 16
War and Peace 25
Manet's "Railway" in Perspective 41
Artists in The Europe District: Caillebotte and Monet at The Gare Saint-Lazare
A New Site: The Europe District 65
The Gare Saint-Lazare and The Pont de l'Europe 68
On The Bridge and In The Street 77
Monet at The Gare Saint-Lazare 103
The Studio in The Rue de Saint-Petersbourg
The Rue Mosnier 131
The New Studio 143
Mallarme and Manet 150
Manet, Jury, and Public 167
Notes 184
Checklist 192
Bibliography 206
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