A Bar at the Folies-Bergere
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Manet painted this final masterpiece when he was already incapacitated by locomotor ataxia. It is composed of long, horizontal bands, superbly worked with paint, against which are set punctuating verticals. The standing figure of the girl is echoed by the champagne bottles on her right. The figures, reflected in the mirror, are Manet's most daring affront to visual expectations; the top-hatted customer stands presumably in front of the bar, yet his reflection, and that of the girl's, are painted on the far right of the picture. This distortion is deliberately designed to create a visual ambiguity which might have otherwise been too obvious. It prevents us from viewing this scene too subjectively. Instead, we feel that we are observing it objectively from several viewpoints. It is a device as daring as that of Velazquez's Las meninas and this is how Manet would have liked to have been judged.
Owner/Location: Courtauld Institute Galleries - London  (United Kingdom - London)
Dates: 1882
Artist age:Approximately 50 years old.
Dimensions: Height: 95.89 cm (37.75 in.), Width: 130.18 cm (51.25 in.)
Medium: Painting - oil on canvas
Entered by: Member rocsdad on 11 June 2003.
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