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Argenteuil, Boat

Photo credit: Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

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Manet painted this study out-of-doors, en plein air, at the resort of Argenteuil, down the Seine from Paris. In overcast weather, three sailing boats lie moored together, their masts reflected in the grey water. In the background two long houseboats, one white and the other black, are anchored at the river's edge next to a row of trees, beyond which a big chimney belches forth smoke. This painting is a study for a composition set in sunny weather, widened to include the river bank with figures of a woman and a child in the bottom left foreground. Margaret Davies purchased this work in Paris in 1920.

National Museum Wales, National Museum Cardiff




oil on canvas


H 59.4 x W 81.3 cm

Accession number

NMW A 2467

Acquisition method

bequeathed by Margaret Davies, 1963

Work type


Inscription description

Frame: Label: 80 x 150 NATIONAL LIBRARY OF WALES ABERYSTWYTH (oil) TITLE OF PICTURE Argenteuil ARTIST MANET(crossed out) EXHIBITION Edouard Manet(crossed out) Lent by The Misses Davies Gregynog (47) 1950 (51) Label: CHENUE.... de Tableau Rue de la....Terasse PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART PARKWAY AT 26th STREET PHILAD 1. ARTIST TITLE ARGENTEUIL (Oil) Exhibition E


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National Museum Wales, National Museum Cardiff

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