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Le Chemin de Fer (The Railway) is a large oil on canvas painted by the revolutionary artist Edouard Manet in 1873, during the height of his fame as a polarizing artist. It depicts a woman who is looking at the viewer and a girl looking in the opposite direction at a train that can be either coming or departing. Manet was ostracized by many critics of his time for depicting everyday scenes. Still, today he is hailed as one of Modern art history's fundamental painters, breaking away from conventions to pursue greater personal expression.
The masterpiece Le Chemin de Fer is presently part of the National Gallery collection and measures 93.3 x 111.5 cm. At the left portion of the picture is Victorine Meurent, one of Manet's favorite models, which he worked extensively with during the 1860s. Victorine is looking at the viewer while a puppy is sleeping on her lap, and she has an open book in her hands. Her dress, which is dark blue, and her black hat create a dynamic contrast with the little girl featured in a light blue and white dress, who has her back to the viewer.
The child is clinging to a black gate, which separates the two planes: the foreground with the girls and the background with an almost abstract rendition of the station. The white smoke takes most of the space, and we can only see parts of buildings represented in blotches of color. This undefined aspect is one of the many innovations of Manet's work, which was frowned upon by many of his contemporaries.
Manet studied at the studio of Thomas Couture, an Academic painter who studied under Delaroche. Instead of entering the École des Beaux-Arts institution, he chose to learn under Couture, already knowing that he wouldn't deal well with Academic restrictions. Since the beginning of his classes, Manet complained to his childhood friend and later Minister of Culture, Antonin Proust, about his conflicting views with his master.
Thomas Couture was essentially a historical painter, and he dedicated himself to Greek and Roman scenes, valuing the subject of his works just as much as its representation. After Manet painted The Absinthe Drinker, a picture strongly influenced by Diego Velázquez, Couture made a mocking comment about it, saying that the "drinker" must have been Manet himself. Manet left and opened his studio, soon being supported by the likes of Eugene Delacroix and Charles Baudelaire.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Le Chemin de fer (The Railroad), you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Le Chemin de fer (The Railroad) that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
Free shipping is included in the price of the painting. Once the painting is ready and dry enough to ship, we will roll it and ship it in a sturdy cardboard tube.
We always ship express via courier to ensure your order reaches you as soon as possible - normally within three business days. The total delivery time from the moment you place your order until the package is delivered to your door is normally between three to four weeks.
If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
When you receive the painting; you are free to return it for more revisions or else for a full refund minus our actual shipping cost -- which is, on average, $25 per painting.
1st Art Gallery provides a full warranty covering manufacturing and material defects for paintings purchased from our website. The warranty covers damage for normal use. Damage caused by incidents such as accidents or inappropriate use are not covered.
Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
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