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The Steamboat, Seascape with Porpoises

Édouard Manet, French, 1832 - 1883

Made in France, Europe


Oil on canvas

32 1/16 x 39 1/2 inches (81.4 x 100.3 cm) Framed: 38 3/8 × 45 7/8 × 2 7/8 inches (97.5 × 116.5 × 7.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 252, European Art 1850-1900, second floor (Toll Gallery)

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Credit Line:
Bequest of Anne Thomson in memory of her father, Frank Thomson, and her mother, Mary Elizabeth Clarke Thomson, 1954

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This broadly brushed painting is similar to two large canvases Manet made as a result of his 1864 trip to Boulogne, but a watercolor from one of Manet's 1868 sketchbooks suggests a later dating for this picture. The modern steamboat is juxtaposed with a carefully rendered sailing ship and a group of dolphins, a motif dating back to ancient art.

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