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

By Juliet Wilson-Bareau

A research of The Metropolitan Museum of Art's acquisition, "The "Kearsarge" at Boulogne", via Edouard Manet (1832-1883). in the course of the American Civil conflict, while Union forces blocked accomplice ports, the Confederacy countered by way of waging guerrilla conflict on Union service provider transport. probably 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 lower than hours after the 1st shot was once fired. The conflict captured the eye of the French humans, and Manet, who as had served within the French army, raced to Boulogne to work out the positive 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 selection of The Metropolitan Museum of artwork. This quantity includes essays in regards to the Metropolitan's photo and 5 extra seascapes painted through Manet in Boulogne through the summer time of 1864. comparable works through different artists, images and newspaper articles also are integrated.

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