Magazine article Geographical

Edouard Manet: Impressions of the Sea

Magazine article Geographical

Edouard Manet: Impressions of the Sea

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Edouard Manet: Impressions of the Sea Van Gogh Museum, Paulus Poterstraat 7, Amsterdam Open daily: 10am-6pm (Fridays: 10am-10pm) Adults: 12.50; 12-17 yrs: 2.50; up to 12 yrs: free

Manet could be considered the ultimate Parisian and he is mainly famous for capturing city life. He wasn't fond of the countryside, generally disliked landscapes, and was altogether a rather urbane man. Hence it comes as something of a surprise to discover that the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam, in conjunction with the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago, has compiled an exhibition concerning Manet and the sea.

The exhibition will finish its tour in Amsterdam, having already visited both Philadelphia and Chicago. It hinges on one major piece--the Battle of the USS Kearsarge and the CSS Alabama, 1864. This work, which captures an episode from the American Civil War that took place off the French coast, occupies a pivotal place in Manet's career and had a deep impact on many of his young contemporaries. It is displayed alongside a selection of his paintings and etchings, all of which are related to the sea in some way. …

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