Music in the Tuileries Gardens

This painting of the Tuileries Gardens in Paris was Manet's first major work depicting modern city life. The band is playing and a fashionable crowd has gathered to listen.

The picture includes portraits of Manet's friends and family. These include Manet himself as well as:

  • Baudelaire - poet (1821 - 1867)
  • Théophile Gautier - poet and novelist (1811 - 1872)
  • Ignace Fantin-Latour - flower-painter (1836 - 1904)
  • Jacques Offenbach (1819 - 1880) - composer
  • Eugène - the artist's brother (1833 - 1892)

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1832 - 1883
Full title
Music in the Tuileries Gardens
Date made
1862
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
76.2 x 118.1 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Sir Hugh Lane Bequest, 1917
Inventory number
NG3260
Location in Gallery