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Railway (Station Saint-Lazare), Eduard Manet - description of the painting

Railway (Station Saint-Lazare), Eduard Manet - description of the painting

Railway - Edouard Manet. 93.3x111.5 cm

The amazing ability to see the beautiful in the ordinary, and moreover, to be able to convey this magic to the viewer. It was such a genius that Edouard Manet was noted.

His painting "Railway", also called in some sources "Station Saint-Lazare", preparing for an exhibition at the Salon of 1874, along with two other lesser-known works. But it was this painting that was chosen by the commission for the exposition.

It is difficult to determine the genre of the picture - this is both a genre scene and a portrait at the same time. Manet skillfully captures a simple story from life, everyday and mundane, but from this no less beautiful. A woman in a beautiful hat sits on a bench; the model for her was the favorite model of the artist, Quiz Möran. Through the thick rods of the fence separating the heroines from the train station, we see clubs of steam that mark the arrival of the train. And if this event does not touch the stately lady, then the little girl, in a magnificent white dress, is completely absorbed in what is happening at the station. She tries to take a closer look at the train, so that she even turns away from the viewer. Some contemporaries recognized in the girl the daughter of a friend of Manet, the banker Alfons Hirsch.

The painting "Railway" was another success of the artist. She not only got to the main exhibition of Europe, but was almost immediately bought by a famous opera singer and collector. Then she changed three more owners, until, according to the will of the latter, she was transferred to the National Gallery of Art.


Watch the video: Manet: Three Paintings from the Norton Simon Museum (November 2021).