A Bar At The Folies Bergere

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On the surface it may seem like artwork is meant to have a sole point of focus when viewed, but that is not always the case. Upon further analysis, there are many pieces with multiple significant aspects beyond the initial big picture. While influence may span certain time periods, it is not limited by style, century, or location. Seventeenth century work by artists such as Indian artist Bichitr, Chinese artist Wang Hui, and Spanish artist Diego Velazquez contain examples of this despite their barriers such as distance. This influence continues on through time, even into the time of modern art. Artists and pieces that carry on these themes include French painter Edouard Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère [Figure 1], Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s The Two Fridas [Figure 2], and American artist Faith Ringgold’s Dancing at the Louvre [Figure 2]. Spanning the late 19th century into the late 20th century, these common goals to change focus from piece to piece within artwork remain prevalent throughout the world, even with the sharp increase in artistic styles of modern art. The first painting is an impressionistic work by Manet called A Bar at the Folies-Bergère. This is a piece from 1882, only a year prior to the death of the artist that he revealed at the Paris Salon exhibit of the same year. On the surface, this painting depicts modern life in France at the time, focusing on this venue that held a variety of shows, with another attraction being the barmaids, sometimes thought
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