The Races at Longchamp

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The Races at Longchamp
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ArtistÉdouard Manet
Mediumoil on canvas
Dimensions84.5 cm × 43.9 cm (33.3 in × 17.3 in)
LocationArt Institute of Chicago, Chicago

The Races at Longchamp is an 1866 painting by the French artist Édouard Manet. The Impressionist painting depicts a horse racing at Longchamp and is currently conserved at the Art Institute of Chicago. It has been exhibited many times, the first one at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris in January 1884.[1]

The work is particularly innovative. About the painting, the Art Institute of Chicago said it "is startling. We find ourselves on the racecourse with a cluster of onrushing horses and jockeys bearing directly down on us. With a few judicious exceptions—the vertical starting post left of center; the crisp rectangle of the viewing-stand roof at the right—everything is blurred, a device that heightens the sense of explosive movement of the galloping horses."[2]


  1. ^ "Édouard Manet, French, 1832–1883, The Races at Longchamp, 1866". Art Institute of Chicago. Retrieved 27 March 2010.
  2. ^ Impressionism and Post-Impressionism in The Art Institute of Chicago. Art Institute of Chicago. 2000. p. 22. Retrieved 27 March 2010.