Le Bateau goudronné (1873)

Manet, Édouard (1832-1883)

Le Bateau goudronné (Tarring the Boat)
Oil on canvas, 50 x 61.2 cm
Barnes FoundationPhiladelphia

Édouard Manet painted this scene in 1873 while on a visit to Berck-sur-Mer, France, a fishing village on the Channel coast, with his family. Without a port to shelter their boats, fishermen in Berck beached their vessels in the sand along the water. Here, they are applying flaming tar to a boat to protect it from dampness while they are ashore. (BF)

See also:

• Berck (France)