Musée d'Orsay: Manet, Monet, and the Gare Saint-Lazare

Manet, Monet, and the Gare Saint-Lazare

Claude MonetThe Saint-Lazare Station© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski
Painted in 1872 by Manet, Le Chemin de fer (The Railroad), also called La Gare Saint-Lazare (Washington, National Gallery of Art) still fascinates both historians and art critics. The exhibition synthesised recent research around this enigmatic work of art , evoked the background of artistic renewal which followed the years of war against Prussia, and also highlighted the relationship between Manet and Monet and the debate between workshop and open air painting.

Embodying modernity and recovered freedom, the Saint Lazare Station and its surroundings, the new Quartier de l'Europe, transformed by the refurbishment works of the Baron Haussmann, constituted a rich subject matter for impressionist painters. Besides paintings by Manet and Monet - the latter celebrated the modern beauty and the dynamism of the station through a dozen paintings - the exhibition gathered paintings by Caillebotte, Berthe Morisot, Puvis de Chavannes, etc.

This exhibition was organised with the support of Zeneca.


Juliet Wilson-Bareau, art historian, Henri Loyrette, director, Musée d'Orsay and Philip Conisbee, curator, National Gallery of Art in Washington.


Exhibition catalogue
Manet, Monet, and the Gare Saint-Lazare
Wilson-Bareau Juliet
Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art; New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998

12 February - 17 May 1998
Musée d'Orsay

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