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Humanities Mod 2 Benjamin Dyck Rasmussen College Author Note This paper is being submitted to the Humanities course on 12/11/2017. A Bar at the Folies-Bergère Artist: Edouard Manet (1832-83). Subject: Suzon, according to the recollections of Manet's friends: a young woman who worked at the Folies-Bergère, one of the great Parisian cafés-concerts , a kind of beer hall with music, circus acts and other entertainment. Analysis: This painting, which was actually painted when Manet was critically ill, upholds the artist's conflicting outlook. One approach at looking at this painting, shows it features a modern locale in The Folies-Bergere - the most renowned and modern of Paris's cafe-concert halls, which was noted among many other things for its innovative electric lights. In addition, its brushwork is Impressionistic and its framing has been swayed by the new art of photography. And another approach, its meaning is totally opaque, even inexplicable, dealing as it does with a problem that engaged Manet throughout his entire adult life: the relationship, in figurative painting, between realism and illusion. Probably modelled on Las Meninas (1656), the enigmatic Baroque masterpiece by Velazquez, the painting seems to be a straightforward frontal image of a barkeep serving behind her counter, who peers out at us, the viewer/patron. Then we see the giant mirror behind her and the confusing reflections it holds. The woman’s reflection has been turned to the right; while in the
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