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The Races (Les Courses)

Artist:
Édouard Manet (French, Paris 1832–1883 Paris)
Date:
1865–72, published 1884
Medium:
Lithograph, final state (III) on chine collé; standard edition of 1884
Dimensions:
sheet: 20 7/8 x 26 7/8in. (53 x 68.3cm) plate: 15 1/4 x 20 1/8 in. (38.7 x 51.1 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1920
Accession Number:
20.17.2
Not on view
During the Second Empire, horseracing was in vogue and the racetrack at Longchamps became a gathering place for fashionable society. A frequent subject of articles in the popular press and of many popular prints, the races drew an elegant crowd of aristocrats and wealthy prostitutes who mingled with bookmakers and bettors. Manet's print is distinctive for its dramatic departure from the traditional lateral view of the horses in favor of a radically foreshortened frontal view of the animals galloping directly toward the spectator posted at one of the curves.
Inscription: Imp. Lemercier & Cie. Paris

Marking: stamped, verso, l.r., mark of collector N.A. Hazard (Lugt 1975)
Nicolas-Auguste Hazard; Vendor: Maurice Gobin
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," April 14, 1997–July 20, 1997.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," October 20, 2008–January 11, 2009.

Moreau-Nélaton 85, Guérin 72, Harris 41, Moreau-Nélaton 85, M.72; Fisher 1985, no. 56
Étienne Moreau-Nélaton Manet graveur et lithographe. Paris, 1906, cat. no. 85.

Marcel Guérin L'Oeuvre gravé de Manet.. Paris, 1944, cat. no. 72.

Jean C. Harris Edouard Manet: Graphic Works, A Definitive Catalogue Raisonné. New York, 1970, cat. no. 41.

Jay McKean Fisher, Detroit Institute of Arts, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, University of California at Berkeley, Saint Louis Art Museum, Huntsville Museum of Art, Art Gallery of Ontario The Prints of Edouard Manet Exh. cat., International Exhibitions Foundation, Washington, D.C. International Exhibitions Foundation, Washington, D.C., 1985, p. 98, under no. 56 (as "standard edition...on chine close in size to the Bibliothèque Nationale proof").

Colta Ives "French Prints in the Era of Impressionism and Symbolism." in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1988 (Summer), pp. 8-9, ill.



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