The Croquet Party (La partie de croquet)

Édouard Manet1871

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Kansas City, Missouri, United States

Manet shows a group of his family and friends playing croquet-a pastime newly imported from England-at the fashionable resort of Boulogne on the Normandy Coast. He masterfully evokes the sea breeze that tugs at skirts, blows through flags and causes a woman to clutch at her hat. Croquet was known as an occasion for dalliance between the sexes. Manet hints at a flirtatious relationship between his stepson, Léon Leenhoff, in brown trousers, and a young artist, Jeanne Gonzalès, who stands close by in fashionable yellow and blue attire.

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  • Title: The Croquet Party (La partie de croquet)
  • Creator: Édouard Manet
  • Date Created: 1871
  • Physical Dimensions: Unframed: 18 x 28 3/4 inches (45.72 x 73.03 cm) Framed: 27 1/2 x 38 x 2 7/8 inches (69.85 x 96.52 x 7.3 cm)
  • Culture: French
  • Rights: Gift of Henry W. and Marion H. Bloch
  • Medium: Oil on canvas