Introduction to a Painting: Edouard Manet's The Railway

Listen to the Story: 15 minutes


Edouard Manet’s iconic painting The Railway has intrigued and perplexed viewers ever since it was first publicly exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1874. The painting was given to the National Gallery of Art in 1956 and now hangs in the recently reinstalled West Building Galleries devoted to 19th-century French painting.

These discussions explore and illuminate the artist’s innovative techniques- such as his bold, varied brushwork- and the painting’s historical context, noting the contemporary criticism it received for its modern subject matter and unrefined appearance.