About This Artwork

Édouard Manet
French, 1832-1883

Steamboat Leaving Boulogne, 1864

Oil on canvas
29 x 36 1/2 in. (73.6 x 92.6 cm)
Inscribed: Manet (lower right) and E.M. (on sail)

Potter Palmer Collection, 1922.425

This is one of Édouard Manet’s earliest paintings of the sea, a subject to which he returned repeatedly. It is one of three or four works that he painted in Paris from sketches made on a vacation with his family in the northern port of Boulogne-sur-Mer. Though boldly brushed and almost calligraphic in form, the vessels remain identifiable as specific types. A side-wheel packet steamer heads up the Channel, leaving the slower sailing boats in its wake.

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, for exhibit, "Manet and the Civil War", The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, June 3–August 17, 2003.

Fort Worth, Tex., Kimbell Museum of Art, The Impressionists: Master Paintings from the Art Institute of Chicago, June 29–November 2, 2008, cat. 9 (ill.).

Publication History

Denis Rouart and Daniel Wildenstein, Édouard Manet: Catalogue raisonné (Paris, 1975), v. 1, p. 86, no. 78, ill., p. 87.

Fritz Novotny, Painting and Sculpture in Europe, 1780-1880 (New Haven, 1995), pp. 336, 463, fig. 270.

The Age of Impressionism at the Art Institute of Chicago (New Haven and London, 2008), cat. 9, p. 41 (ill.).

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