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Édouard Manet: The Café-Concert  wikidata:Q7720924 
Édouard Manet: The Café-Concert
At the Café
Object type painting
English: Manet was the quintessential "Painter of Modern Life," a phrase coined by art critic and poet Charles Baudelaire. In 1878-79, he painted a number of scenes set in the Cabaret de Reichshoffen on the Boulevard Rochechouart, where women on the fringes of society freely intermingled with well-heeled gentlemen. Here, Manet captures the kaleidoscopic pleasures of Parisian nightlife. The figures are crowded into the compact space of the canvas, each one seemingly oblivious of the others. When exhibited at La Vie Moderne gallery in 1880, this work was praised by some for its unflinching realism and criticized by others for its apparent crudeness.
Date circa 1879
date QS:P,+1879-00-00T00:00:00Z/9,P1480,Q5727902
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Height: 47.3 cm (18.6 in); Width: 39.1 cm (15.3 in)
dimensions QS:P2048,47.3U174728;P2049,39.1U174728
; Framed Height: 65.7 cm (25.8 in); Width: 58.1 cm (22.8 in); Depth: 9.5 cm (3.7 in)
dimensions QS:P2048,65.72U174728;P2049,58.1U174728;P2610,9.53U174728
Accession number
place of creation France
Object history
  • Boussaton, 1881
  • Boussaton Sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, May 15, 1891, no. 61
  • A. M. Haviland, Limoges [date and mode of acquisition unknown]
  • J. B. Faure, Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]
  • Collection J. B. Faure Sale, Paris, 1902, no. 38
  • Durand-Ruel, Paris, 1907 [mode of acquisition unknown]
  • : purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore
  • : bequeathed to Walters Art Museum by Henry Walters
Exhibition history From Ingres to Gauguin: French Nineteenth Century Paintings Owned in Maryland. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1951. From El Greco to Pollock: Early and Late Works by European and American Artists. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1968. Manet and Modern Paris. National Gallery of Art, Washington. 1982-1983. Manet, 1832-1883. Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 1983. The Taste of Maryland: Art Collecting in Maryland 1800-1934. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984. Manet's Working Methods. The Courtauld Gallery, London. 1986. Impressionism, the City and Modern Life. Ordrupgaard, Charlottenlund. 1996. Before Monet: Landscape Painting in France and Impressionist Masters: Highlights from The Walters Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998. Highlights from the Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998-2001. Vive la France! French Treasures from the Middle Ages to Monet. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1999-2000. Triumph of French Painting: Masterpieces from Ingres to Matisse. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa; Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach; Royal Academy of Arts, London; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Dayton Art Institute, Dayton. 2000-2002. A Magnificent Age: Masterpieces from the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte; The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2002-2004. 19th Century Masterpieces from the Walters Art Museum. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, Austin. 2010-2011.
Credit line Acquired by Henry Walters, 1909-10
Inscriptions Signature bottom left: Manet
Depicted place Cabaret de Reischoffen, Boulevard de Rochechouart, Paris
References catalog: Rouart and Wildenstein, Edouard Manet. Catalogue raisonné, 1st volume; catalog code: 280
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