About this artwork
This is one of Édouard Manet’s earliest paintings of the sea, a subject to which he returned repeatedly. It is one of three or four works that he painted in Paris from sketches made on a vacation with his family in the northern port of Boulogne-sur-Mer. Though boldly brushed and almost calligraphic in form, the vessels remain identifiable as specific types. A side-wheel packet steamer heads up the Channel, leaving the slower sailing boats in its wake.
- Édouard Manet
- Sea View, Calm Weather (Vue de mer, temps calme)
- Oil on canvas
- Inscribed: Manet (lower right) and E.M. (on sail)
- 29 × 36 1/2 in. (73.6 × 92.6 cm)
- Potter Palmer Collection