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Races at Longchamp

Edouard Manet

Races at Longchamp

Edouard Manet
  • Date: c.1867; France  
  • Style: Impressionism
  • Genre: genre painting
  • Media: oil, canvas
  • Tag: animals, horses, horsemen, hunting-and-racing
  • Dimensions: 43.7 x 84.5 cm
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The Races at Longchamp is an 1866 painting by the French artist Édouard Manet. The Impressionist painting depicts a horse racing at Longchamp and is currently conserved at the Art Institute of Chicago. It has been exhibited many times, the first one at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris in January 1884.

The work is particularly innovative. About the painting, the Art Institute of Chicago said it "is startling. We find ourselves on the racecourse with a cluster of onrushing horses and jockeys bearing directly down on us. With a few judicious exceptions—the vertical starting post left of center; the crisp rectangle of the viewing-stand roof at the right—everything is blurred, a device that heightens the sense of explosive movement of the galloping horses."

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