Interior at Arcachon

Manet painted this domestic scene while staying in a seaside town in southwestern France. He never exhibited it, perhaps because its subject was deeply personal. The artist had recently reunited with his family after serving in the National Guard, defending Paris during the Franco-Prussian war. His wife looks up from her writing to enjoy the view, while her son holds what appears to be a cigarette, seemingly lost in thought. The loose, sketchy technique gives the painting an intimate, informal quality.

Édouard Manet

French, 1832–1883

Interior at Arcachon


Oil on canvas

15 7/16 x 21 1/4 in. (39.2 x 54 cm) Frame: 22 3/8 x 28 3/16 x 2 1/4 in. (56.8 x 71.6 x 5.7 cm)

Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1943