A Bar At Folies Bergere

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In late 19th century Paris, cafés-concerts (best described as “glorified beer halls” (Clark 206)) were a very popular destination for the people of Paris. Cafés-concerts became an integral part of Parisian social life, as they were visited by hundreds of people each night, regardless of class. A bar at the Folies Bergère became the topic of Edouard Manet’s last painting, as Manet tried to portray the new, “modern” Paris, and the introduction of mass production during this time. A Marxist art historian, T.J. Clark finds this particular painting important because it revealed a lot about the new, modern Paris, and Manet’s intentions with the painting. Clark focuses more on the emergence of the new social class during this time, and how this affected the role of women in Paris. The painting, A bar at Folies Bergère, has historical significance because of how it depicts modernity in the context of the emergence of a new social class (the petite bourgeoisie), the introduction of mass production, and the changing role of women.
Manet was well known for his paintings of “modernity”, which tried to capture Paris during the late 1800’s, revolutionizing painting during this time. He wanted to capture “modern” life, and this is why he chose to do a painting about the Folies Bergère. Cafés-Concerts were considered very modern for various reasons. They were described as being ordinary, yet successful. They allowed for the mixing of classes to occur. There was no distinction in, who came
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