Inventaire après décès. June 18, 1883 [published in Ref. Jamot and Wildenstein 1932, vol. 1, p. 108], lists it as "Enterrement à la glacière" under "Études peintes".
Camille Pissarro. Letter to Georges Pissarro. November 24, 1894 [published in Janine Bailly-Herzberg, ed., "Correspondance de Camille Pissarro 1891–1894," vol. 3, Paris, 1988, p. 515, no. 1075], remarks that he made an exchange with Vollard for a Manet, probably this painting.
Théodore Duret. Histoire d'Édouard Manet et de son œuvre. Paris, 1902, pp. 223–24, no. 126, dates it 1870.
Étienne Moreau-Nélaton. Manuscrit de l'œuvre d'Édouard Manet, peinture et pastels. , unpaginated, no. 139 [Département des Estampes, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris].
B[ryson]. B[urroughs]. "Principal Accessions." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 5 (May 1910), pp. 123, 127, ill.
Théodore Duret. Manet and the French Impressionists. 2nd ed. [1st ed. 1910]. London, 1912, p. 231, no. 126.
Charles Louis Borgmeyer. The Master Impressionists. Chicago, 1913, pp. 109, 115, 117, ill.
B[ryson]. B[urroughs]. "Nineteenth-Century French Painting." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 13 (August 1918), pp. 177–78, ill.
A. Tabarant. Manet, histoire catalographique. Paris, 1931, pp. 202–3, comments that the presence of the grenadier of the imperial guard indicates that it was painted before the fall of the Second Empire, but does not believe that it was executed before 1870; identifies the location as the rue de l'Estrapade.
Paul Jamot and Georges Wildenstein. Manet. Paris, 1932, vol. 1, pp. 27, 140–41, no. 184; vol. 2, fig. 288, date it 1870.
Bryson Burroughs. Landscape Paintings. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1934, p. 20, no. 46.
Independent Painters of Nineteenth Century Paris. Exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Boston, 1935, p. 21, no. 27, dates it about 1870–71.
A. Tabarant. Manet et ses œuvres. 4th ed. (1st. ed. 1942). Paris, 1947, pp. 171, 537, no. 158, dates it January or February 1870.
Georges Bataille. Manet: Biographical and Critical Study. New York, 1955, pp. 55, 87, ill. (color), dates it to the early 1870s and mentions that it is the funeral of a child.
John Richardson. Édouard Manet: Paintings and Drawings. London, 1958, p. 124, no. 37, fig. 37, remarks that this painting belongs with two snow scenes [JW185 and JW187], done in late 1870, during the siege, which "would account for the atmosphere of gloom and desolation which is so untypical of Manet's art".
John Richardson. Letter to M. Salinger. January 5, 1960, remarks that the figure at the back of the cortège is a grenadier of the Imperial guard, dating the painting probably to the summer of 1870.
Sandra Orienti in The Complete Paintings of Manet. New York, 1967, pp. 98–99, no. 135, ill.
Charles Sterling and Margaretta M. Salinger. "XIX–XX Centuries." French Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 3, New York, 1967, pp. 44–45, ill., note that it was probably painted in 1870 on the eve of the Franco-Prussian War; remark that it was left unfinished and call it a sketch; mention that it has been suggested that the scene depicts the funeral of Daumier, but that he died in 1879 and by then Manet's style was very different; conclude that the white pall over the coffin and the white horse could indicate the funeral of a child or a young girl.
George Mauner. Manet, Peintre-Philosophe: A Study of the Painter's Themes. University Park, Pa., 1975, pp. 111, 120, fig. 64, states that "the threatening summer storm and the small cortège moving toward the cemetery of Montparnasse" are reminiscent of accounts of Baudelaire's funeral, which Manet attended on September 2, 1867.
Denis Rouart and Daniel Wildenstein. Édouard Manet, catalogue raisonné. Paris, 1975, vol. 1, pp. 27, 148–49, no. 162, ill.
Theodore Reff. "Review of Rouart and Wildenstein 1975." Art Bulletin 58 (December 1976), p. 636, identifies the towers at the right as the belfry of St.-Etienne-du-Mont and the Tour de Clovis.
William Hauptman. "Manet's Portrait of Baudelaire: An Emblem of Melancholy." Art Quarterly 1 (1978), p. 214, agrees that it documents Baudelaire's funeral.
Mina Curtiss. "Letters of Édouard Manet to his Wife during the Siege of Paris 1870–71." Apollo 113 (June 1981), p. 383, fig. 5, dates it possibly 1870–71.
John Pope-Hennessy in Profil du Metropolitan Museum of Art de New York: de Ramsès à Picasso. Exh. cat., Galerie des Beaux-Arts. Bordeaux, 1981, p. 100, no. 119, dates it about 1870–71.
Denys Sutton. Letter to Charles S. Moffett. February 5, 1981, notes that stylistically it relates to the painting in Cardiff (RW 159).
Theodore Reff. Manet and Modern Paris. Exh. cat., National Gallery of Art. Washington, 1982, pp. 23, 26–27, 34, 40–41, no. 4, ill. (color), dates it about 1867; accepts the identifications of the Pantheon, the belfry of Saint-Etienne-du-Mont, and the Tour de Clovis, but argues that "the small cupola could belong to many buildings, both sacred and secular, besides the Observatoire, and [that] the large dome near it could be that of the Sorbonne rather than the Val-de-Grace," and tentaviely accepts Mauner's [Ref. 1975] suggestion that the picture may represent Baudelaire's funeral.
Charles S. Moffett in Manet, 1832–1883. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1983, pp. 260–61, no. 98, ill. (color) [French ed., Paris, 1983], dates it "1867–70?".
Kathleen Adler. Manet. Oxford, 1986, p. 28, fig. 15, dates it "1867–70(?)" and notes that it likely depicts the funeral of Baudelaire.
Éric Darragon. "Recherches sur la conception du sujet dans l'œuvre d'Édouard Manet (1832–1883)." PhD diss., Université de Paris IV/Sorbonne, 1987 [see Ref. Locke 2000].
Sjraar van Heutgen et al. in Franse meesters uit het Metropolitan Museum of Art: Realisten en Impressionisten. Exh. cat., Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh, Amsterdam. Zwolle, The Netherlands, 1987, pp. 17, 54–55, no. 14, ill. (color).
Janine Bailly-Herzberg. Correspondance de Camille Pissarro, 1891–1894. 3, Paris, 1988, pp. 515–16 n. 1, p. 271 n. 1, remarks that Pissarro got this picture directly from Vollard in an exchange and not through Portier, as was believed before; mentions that it was sold after Pissarro's death as one lot with a Van Gogh, "L'arbre jaune," for Fr 2,500.
Françoise Cachin. Manet. [Paris], 1990, pp. 72–73, colorpl. 3.
Éric Darragon. Manet. Paris, 1991, p. 177, fig. 102 (color).
Laurent Manœuvre. Manet: Paris. Paris, 1993, pp. 22–23, ill. (color).
Vivien Perutz. Édouard Manet. Lewisburg, Pa., 1993, pp. 125–26, colorpl. 22, dates it "1867?".
Henri Loyrette in Origins of Impressionism. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1994, pp. 296, 319, 407, 411–12, no. 105, ill. p. 411 and fig. 336 (color) [French ed., Paris, 1994, pp. 273, 296, 320, 404, 408–9, no. 105, ill. p. 408 and fig. 336 (color)], dates it about 1867 for stylistic as much as iconographic reasons; emphasizes its close relationship with "Races at Longchamp" (Art Institute of Chicago) and "L'exposition universelle de 1867" (Nasjonalgalleriet, Oslo); agrees that the scene may be identified as the burial of Baudelaire.
Beth Archer Brombert. Édouard Manet: Rebel in a Frock Coat. Boston, 1996, pp. 205, 471 n. 13, dates it 1867 and notes that it depicts the funeral of Baudelaire.
Mikael Wivel. Impressionists in Town. Exh. cat., Ordrupgaard. Copenhagen, 1996, pp. 24, 104, no. 26, fig. 9 (color).
Richard R. Brettell. Impression: Painting Quickly in France, 1860–1890. Exh. cat., National Gallery, London. New Haven, 2000, pp. 18, 70, 78–79, 92–93, 237, fig. 38 (color), dates it 1870 and remarks that the inscription at the lower right is in the hand of Mme Manet, thus making it hard to know whether the picture was considered to be finished by the artist.
Nancy Locke. "Unfinished Homage: Manet's 'Burial' and Baudelaire." Art Bulletin 82 (March 2000), pp. 68–82, figs. 1, 5, 7, 15 (black and white and color, overall and details), dates it late 1867 or early 1868 and compares it to "A View of the Universal Exposition" (Nasjonalgalleriet, Oslo); discusses the location and the buildings shown in the work and tries to decipher Manet's vantage point, noting that the Gobelins tapestry works are represented in the center of the composition; believes that Manet could have been inspired by Goya's "Meadow of San Isidro" (Prado, Madrid), which he could have seen in a woodcut engraving; mentions Haussmann's plan to move the cemeteries out of the city and proposes that Manet's depiction of Baudelaire's funeral is a comment on the Haussmannization of Paris; suggests that Manet intended for the picture to look "unfinished".
Rebecca A. Rabinow. "Modern Art Comes to the Metropolitan: The 1921 Exhibition of 'Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings'." Apollo 152 (October 2000), pp. 4, 9 n. 13.
John House. "London, Amsterdam and Williamstown: Impression." Burlington Magazine 143 (February 2001), p. 105, comments that both the provenance and the present state of the painting strongly suggest that Manet did not view it as a finished work.
Manuela B. Mena Marqués in Manet en el Prado. Exh. cat., Museo Nacional del Prado. Madrid, 2003, pp. 257–59, 465, no. 75, ill., and colorpl. 75, dates it about 1867, noting that it could not have been painted later than 1870; suggests that the change in Manet's scenery was due to his discovering El Greco's landscapes of Toledo.
Anne Distel in Cézanne to Picasso: Ambroise Vollard, Patron of the Avant-Garde. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2006, pp. 143, 149 n. 5 [French ed., "De Cézanne à Picasso: Chefs-d'oeuvre de la galerie Vollard," Paris, 2007, pp. 153, 161 n. 5].
Ann Dumas in Cézanne to Picasso: Ambroise Vollard, Patron of the Avant-Garde. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2006, pp. 14, 26 n. 92 [French ed., "De Cézanne à Picasso: Chefs-d'oeuvre de la galerie Vollard," Paris, 2007, pp. 28, 36 n. 92].
John Elderfield. Manet and the Execution of Maximilian. Exh. cat., Museum of Modern Art. New York, 2006, p. 138, fig. 68 (color), notes that the cemetery shown in one of the Maximilian paintings (Kunsthalle, Mannheim) is based on this picture.
Robert Jensen in Cézanne to Picasso: Ambroise Vollard, Patron of the Avant-Garde. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2006, p. 45 n. 11 [French ed., "De Cézanne à Picasso: Chefs-d'oeuvre de la galerie Vollard," Paris, 2007, p. 55 n. 11].
Rebecca A. Rabinow and Jayne S. Warman in Cézanne to Picasso: Ambroise Vollard, Patron of the Avant-Garde. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2006, pp. 276, 285, 301 n. 206, fig. 281 (color).
Paul Smith in Philip Conisbee and Denis Coutagne. Cézanne in Provence. Exh. cat., National Gallery of Art. Washington, 2006, p. 63, fig. 6 (color), compares it to Cézanne's "Montagne Sainte-Victoire with Large Pine" (about 1887; Courtauld Gallery, London), in the context of both paintings' allusions to Poussin's "Landscape with the Body of Phocion Carried out of Athens (1648; Earl of Plymouth, on loan to the National Museum Cardiff).
Rebecca A. Rabinow in Masterpieces of European Painting, 1800–1920, in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2007, pp. 93, 272, no. 87, ill. (color and black and white).
Gary Tinterow in The Masterpieces of French Painting from The Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1800–1920. Exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. New York, 2007, p. 7.
Masterpieces of European Painting, 1800–1920, in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2007, p. xv.
Javier Barón in El Greco & la pintura moderna. Exh. cat., Museo Nacional del Prado. Madrid, 2014, p. 115.