Manet and the American Civil War: The Battle of U.S.S Kearsarge and C.S.S. Alabama

By Juliet Wilson-Bareau

A examine of The Metropolitan Museum of Art's acquisition, "The "Kearsarge" at Boulogne", via Edouard Manet (1832-1883). in the course of the American Civil battle, while Union forces blocked accomplice ports, the Confederacy countered by way of waging guerrilla war on Union service provider delivery. essentially the most expert accomplice raiders used to be the sloop-of-war "Alabama". at the nineteenth June 1864, the USS Kearsarge and the CSS Alabama fought off the coast of Cherbourg, France. The Alabama sank under hours after the 1st shot used to be fired. The conflict captured the eye of the French humans, and Manet, who as had served within the French military, raced to Boulogne to determine the triumphant Kearsarge. He painted an outline of the conflict (which he didn't witness), now in Philadelphia, in addition to a portrait of the Kearsarge, now within the number of The Metropolitan Museum of paintings. This quantity comprises essays concerning the Metropolitan's photograph and 5 extra seascapes painted through Manet in Boulogne in the course of the summer season of 1864. similar works by way of different artists, images and newspaper articles also are incorporated.

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