Édouard Manet (1832-1883)
Banks of the Seine at Argenteuil, 1874
Oil on canvas
24 ½ x 40 ½ in. (62.3 x 103 cm)
Private Collection

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Édouard Manet’s painting depicts a modern life scene of fellow artist Claude Monet’s wife Camille and son Jean, on the banks of the Seine River at Argenteuil, an industrial suburb of Paris, often painted by the Impressionists. The waterway subject, broken brush-work, high-keyed and variegated palette, and sun-filled experience align this painting with the style of the Impressionists, though Manet’s composition remains more defined through his use of black and strongly rhymed forms. Despite being a close personal friend of Monet’s and visiting him at Argenteuil, Édouard Manet never showed with the Impressionist group.

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