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This etching by Edouard Manet is one of eight illustrating Charles Cros’s ambitious poem, The River, which follows the course of a great river from its source high in the mountains to the sea. Although it is not literally about the river Seine, Parisian readers would have identified the poem with the waterway that flowed through their city, and this view from under the arch of a bridge is especially evocative of the French capital.  Currently on view in Impressionists on the Water.   Édouard Manet (French, 1832–1883). Under the Arch of the Bridge, in the book Le fleuve (The River), by Charles Cros, 1874. Etching. Bruno and Sadie Adriani Collection. 1957.120

This etching by Edouard Manet is one of eight illustrating Charles Cros’s ambitious poem, The River, which follows the course of a great river from its source high in the mountains to the sea. Although it is not literally about the river Seine, Parisian readers would have identified the poem with the waterway that flowed through their city, and this view from under the arch of a bridge is especially evocative of the French capital.

Currently on view in Impressionists on the Water

Édouard Manet (French, 1832–1883). Under the Arch of the Bridge, in the book Le fleuve (The River), by Charles Cros, 1874. Etching. Bruno and Sadie Adriani Collection. 1957.120

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