Les Courses (The Races)

Maker and role
Artist: Édouard Manet, French, 1832-1883
Year
1865
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Object detail

Media/Materials
Lithograph
Measurements
15 3/16 x 20in (38.6 x 50.8cm)
Credit line
Gift of the Friends of the McNay
Accession number
1985.17
Object type
Department
Location
Further information
Manet's representation of a day at Longchamp, the racetrack in the Bois de Boulogne outside Paris, is one of the most daring lithographs produced in the nineteenth century.

With its energized and quickly drawn lines, and its highly dramatic perspective, this image gives one the sense of being right at the track, or perhaps leaning over the rail, anticipating the excitement of seeing the horses as they fly by. In this print, form -- in this case, the frenetic lines - is wed to the content. How better to suggest the agitated and excited atmosphere of the races than with lines that are themselves drawn in an agitated and excited way?
Documentation
Edouard Manet, Graphic Works: A Definitive Catalogue Raisonné; Jean Harris; 1970; 41
Modern Art at the McNay: A Brief History and Pictorial Survey of the Collection; William J. Chiego; 2001; p. 37
From Goya to Johns: Fifty Master Prints from the McNay Art Museum; Lyle W. Williams, Richard Hemphill, William J. Chiego; 2004; p. 72
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