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Manet, Monet, and the Gare Saint-Lazare
     

Manet, Monet, and the Gare Saint-Lazare

by Juliet Wilson-Bareau, Juliet W. Bareau, Juliet Wilson Bareau
 

ISBN-10: 0300075103

ISBN-13: 9780300075106

Pub. Date: 03/28/1998

Publisher: Yale University Press

Edouard Manet’s Gare Saint-Lazare, a painting he exhibited as Le Chemin de fer (The Railway), has always intrigued as much as it has delighted critics, scholars, and the art-loving public. Shown at the Paris Salon in 1874, the year of the first Impressionist exhibit, this enigmatic work provides a glimpse of the great stone and iron Pont de

Overview

Edouard Manet’s Gare Saint-Lazare, a painting he exhibited as Le Chemin de fer (The Railway), has always intrigued as much as it has delighted critics, scholars, and the art-loving public. Shown at the Paris Salon in 1874, the year of the first Impressionist exhibit, this enigmatic work provides a glimpse of the great stone and iron Pont de l’Europe next to the Gare Saint-Lazare where powerful steam engines were sheltered. Symbolizing energy and progress, the railroad became a focus for Manet, Monet, Caillebotte, and many other artists in the decades after the Franco-Prussian War and the Commune.

Based on new research into the streets and studios of Paris, this book identifies the precise site of Manet’s picture, painted shortly after his move to a new studio. The book reveals fresh meaning behind the artist’s seemingly straightforward depiction of an urban scene and contrasts his major works of the 1870s with earlier key paintings that also featured Manet’s favorite model, Victorine Meurent. The book also explores the atmosphere of Manet’s studio and his close relationship with poet and critic Stéphane Mallarmé. Along with Manet, other artists celebrated the Pont de l’Europe, the Gare Saint-Lazare, and the Paris skyline beyond, while Monet sketched and painted within the station and down on the tracks, capturing the bustle and energy there. A comparison of Manet’s and Monet’s urban views sheds light on the crucial question of plein air versus studio painting.

This book is the catalog for an exhibit that opens at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris on February 9, 1998 and moves to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. in May, 1998.

Copublished with the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300075106
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
03/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword VII(3)
Author's Acknowledgments X(1)
Lenders to the Exhibition XI
Introduction 1(8)
"The Railway" and Its Context
9(56)
The Batignolles School: The 1860s
9(7)
Victorine: The Art of Painting
16(9)
War and Peace
25(16)
Manet's "Railway" in Perspective
41(24)
Artists in The Europe District: Caillebotte and Monet at The Gare Saint-Lazare
65(66)
A New Site: The Europe District
65(3)
The Gare Saint-Lazare and The Pont de l'Europe
68(9)
On The Bridge and In The Street
77(26)
Monet at The Gare Saint-Lazare
103(28)
The Studio in The Rue de Saint-Petersbourg
131(53)
The Rue Mosnier
131(12)
The New Studio
143(7)
Mallarme and Manet
150(17)
Manet, Jury, and Public
167(17)
Notes 184(8)
Checklist Compiled with the assistance of Florence E. Coman 192(14)
Bibliography 206

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