The Rue Mosnier with Flags

Object Details

Title:

The Rue Mosnier with Flags

Artist/Maker(s):

Édouard Manet (French, 1832 - 1883)

Culture:

French

Place(s):

France (Place created)

Date:

1878

Medium:

Oil on canvas

Dimensions:

65.4 x 80 cm (25 3/4 x 31 1/2 in.)

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To commemorate the recent Exposition Universelle, itself a celebration of luxury and prosperity, the French government declared June 30, 1878, a national holiday. The holiday, called the Fête de la Paix (Celebration of Peace), also marked France's recovery from the disastrous Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871 and the bloody, divisive Paris Commune that followed. From his second-floor window, Édouard Manet captured the holiday afternoon with his most precise, staccato brushwork in a patriotic harmony of the reds, whites, and blues of the French flag that waves from the new buildings' windows.

The urban street was a principal subject of Impressionist and Modernist painting; many artists aimed to show not only the transformation and growth of the Industrial Age but how it also affected society. Manet's eyes saw both elegant passengers in hansom cabs and, in the foreground, a worker carrying a ladder. The hunched amputee on crutches, perhaps a war veteran or beggar, passes by fenced-in debris left from the construction of a new train track. Manet's sensitivity to the associated costs and sacrifices tempered his optimistic view of national pride and newfound prosperity.

Provenance
1879 -

Possibly Roger de Portalis (Paris, France)

1879 -

or Fernand Barroil (Marseille, France)

by 1894 - 1898

Jean-Baptiste Faure, French, 1830 - 1914 (Paris, France), on consignment to Durand-Ruel & Cie, 1894.

1898

Durand-Ruel & Cie (New York, New York; Paris, France), sold to Auguste Pellerin, 1898.

1898 - still in 1910

Auguste Pellerin, 1852 - 1929 (Paris, France)

by 1911 - 1913

Marczell de Nemes von Janoshaza, 1866 - 1930 (Budapest, Hungary; Munich, Germany) [sold, Nemes sale, Galerie Manzi, Joyant, Paris, June 18, 1913, lot 110, through G. Biermann to Baron Herzog.]

1913 -

Baron Herzog (Budapest, Hungary)

by 1932 - 1955

Dr. Jakob Goldschmidt, died 1955 (Berlin, Germany; New York, New York)

1955 - 1958

Estate of Dr. Jakob Goldschmidt, died 1955 [sold, Goldschmidt sale, Sotheby's, London, October 15, 1958, lot 3, through G. Keller to Paul Mellon.]

1958 - 1989

Paul Mellon, 1907 - 1999 (Upperville, Virginia) [sold, Mellon sale, Christie's, New York, November 14, 1989, lot 7, to the J. Paul Getty Museum.]

Exhibitions
Exposition de la Société des amis des arts de Bordeaux (March 22 to ?, 1881) (Cat. 371)
  • Salons de la Société des amis des arts de Bordeaux, 1881
Paintings by Edouard Manet (1895) (Cat. 20)
  • Galerie Durand-Ruel (New York), 1895
Exposition temporaire de quelques chefs-d'oeuvre de maîtres contemporains (April to May, 1904) (Cat. 35)
  • Musée du Luxembourg, (Paris), April to May, 1904
Edouard Manet (aus der Sammlung Pellerin) (May 1910) (Cat. 18)
  • Moderne Galerie (Munich), May to May, 1910
Sammlung Marczell von Nemes (June to December, 1911) (Cat. 32)
  • Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Alte Pinakothek, (Munich), June to July, 1911
Sammlung Marczell von Nemes (July to December, 1912) (Cat. 99)
  • Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, July to December, 1912
Exposition Manet, 1832-1883 (June to October, 1932) (Cat. 65)
  • Musée de l'Orangerie, (Paris), June to October, 1932
Chefs-d'oeuvre de l'art français (1937) (Cat. 360)
  • Palais national des arts, (Paris), 1937
Views of Paris (January 9 to January 28, 1939) (Cat. 27)
  • Knoedler & Company, (New York), January 9 to January 28, 1939
Masterpieces of Art (May to October, 1940) (Cat. 285)
  • New York World's Fair, (Queens), May to October, 1940
The French Revolution (1943) (Cat. 427)
  • Wildenstein & Company, (New York), 1943
Masterpieces by Manet (1832-1883) (December 26, 1946 to January 11, 1947) (Cat. 7)
  • Paul Rosenberg Gallery, (New York), December 26, 1946 to January 11, 1947
A Loan Exhibition of Manet for the Benefit of the New York Infirmary (February 26 to April 3, 1948) (Cat. 22)
  • Wildenstein & Company, (New York), February 26 to April 3, 1948
French Painting, 1100-1900 (October 18 to December 2, 1951) (Cat. 108)
  • The Carnegie Museum of Art, (Pittsburgh), October 18 to December 2, 1951
De David à Toulouse-Lautrec: chefs d'oeuvre des collections américaines (1955) (Cat. 39)
  • Musée de l'Orangerie, (Paris), 1955
Masterpieces of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Painting (April 25 to May 24, 1959) (no cat. no.)
  • National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), April 25 to May 24, 1959
Treasures in America (January 13 to March 5, 1961) (no cat. no.)
  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, (Richmond), January 13 to March 5, 1961
French Paintings from the Collections of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon and Mrs. Mellon Bruce (1966) (Cat. 42)
  • National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), 1966
Manet and Modern Paris (December 5, 1982 to March 6, 1983) (Cat. 86)
  • National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), December 5, 1982 to March 6, 1983
Landscapes of France: Impressionism and Its Rivals (May 18, 1995 to January 14, 1996) (Cat. 89)
  • The Hayward Gallery, (London), May 18 to August 28, 1995
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, October 4, 1995 to January 14, 1996
Manet, Monet, la gare Saint-Lazare / Manet, Monet, and the Gare Saint-Lazare (February 9 to September 20, 1998) (Cat. 41)
  • Musée d'Orsay, (Paris), February 9 to May 17, 1998
  • National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), June 14 to September 20, 1998
Manet und die Impressionisten (September 21, 2002 to February 9, 2003) (Cat. 54)
  • Staatsgalerie (Stuttgart), September 21, 2002 to February 9, 2003
Manet en el Prado (October 13, 2003 to January 11, 2004) (Cat. 98)
  • Museo del Prado, (Madrid), October 13, 2003 to January 11, 2004
Bilder einer Metropole: Die Impressionisten in Paris (October 2, 2010 to January 30, 2011) (Cat. 46)
  • Museum Folkwang, (Essen), October 2, 2010 to January 30, 2011
Manet inventeur du Moderne (April 5, 2011 to July 17, 2011) (Cat. 176)
  • Musée d'Orsay, (Paris), April 5 to July 17, 2011
Impressionist France: Visions of Nation from Le Gray to Monet (October 19, 2013 to July 14, 2014) (21)
  • The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, (Kansas City), October 19, 2013 to February 9, 2014
  • Saint Louis Art Museum, (Saint Louis), March 16 to July 14, 2014
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