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", by means of Edouard Manet (1832-1883). through the American Civil struggle, whilst Union forces blocked accomplice ports, the Confederacy countered through waging guerrilla conflict 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 lower than 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 army, raced to Boulogne to work out 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 choice of The Metropolitan Museum of artwork. This quantity comprises essays in regards to the Metropolitan's photo and 5 extra seascapes painted through Manet in Boulogne in the course of the summer time of 1864. similar works through different artists, photos and newspaper articles also are incorporated.

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