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The Races at Longchamp

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




Édouard Manet
French, 1832-1883

About this artwork

With a characteristic focus on the pleasures of modern life, Édouard Manet depicted this scene of the racetrack in the Bois de Boulogne, on the western outskirts of Paris. The popularity of Longchamp, where races were run for the first time in 1857, signaled a general revival in French horse racing. This painting records the last moments of a race, as the horses rush past the finish line, indicated by the pole with a circular top. Unlike traditional sporting artists, who always showed races from the side, Manet dared to compose the scene so that the throng of horses and jockeys thunders straight toward the viewer.


On loan to Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City for Manet Degas


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Édouard Manet


The Races at Longchamp


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


Inscribed at lower right: Manet. / 1866


44 × 84.2 cm (17 5/16 × 33 1/8 in.)

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Potter Palmer Collection

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