The "Kearsarge" at Boulogne

Edouard Manet French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 899

During the American Civil War, the United States warship Kearsarge made headlines after sinking the Confederate raider Alabama off the coast of France. Manet did not witness firsthand the widely-covered event but devoted two paintings to the subject: a scene of the naval battle (Philadelphia Museum of Art) and this picture, prompted by his subsequent visit to the victorious ship at anchor near Boulogne. They were his first depictions of a current event.

The "Kearsarge" at Boulogne, Edouard Manet (French, Paris 1832–1883 Paris), Oil on canvas

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