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Reflections on the Collection: The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professors at the National Gallery of Art: David Bomford on Édouard Manet’s The Railway (1873)

David Bomford (former conservation chair, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and 2018 Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professor at the National Gallery of Art) discusses the importance of  Édouard Manet’s The Railway (1873), painted at a pivotal moment both in the artist’s  life and for the city of Paris.  Identifying the setting and the sitters in the painting as well as Manet’s innovations in painting technique, Professor Bomford shares what makes this painting one he most admires in the collection.