Manet and the Sea - Wilson-Bareau, Juliet; Degener, David C.; DeWitt, Lloyd; Dorment, Richard; Druick, Douglas W.; Groom, Gloria; Leighton, John; Rishel, Joseph J.; Scott, Bill; Temkin, Ann; Zarobell, John - Yale University Press
Art and Architecture

Published in association with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, and Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam  

Manet and the Sea

  • Juliet Wilson-Bareau and David Degener; With contributions by Lloyd DeWitt, Richard Dorment, Douglas W. Druick, Gloria Groom, John Leighton, Joseph J. Rishel, Bill Scott, Ann Temkin, and John Zarobell
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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.

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.