Manet at the Bar

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Kevin Chapman ARTH 2720-001 Term Paper December 5, 2012 Manet and The Bar Edouard Manet’s painting A Bar at the Folies-Bergere, was completed in 1882 and is considered his last great painting. He displayed it at the Paris Salon just one year before his passing. This painting as vexed art historians throughout the years for its complex visual subject matter and leaves Manets true interpretation of his painting in the air for discussion. Although there are many interpretations, A Bar at the Folies-Bergere is an avant-garde; viewer engaging painting meant to give the viewer a new perspective, hence the mirror. At this time the Folies-Bergere was one of the most elaborate variety shows in Paris, all sorts of entertainment could be viewed…show more content…
You might say it’s an unoriginal form of art or you can see it as a different view on the reality of the people. We see that it’s clear the woman is severed from everything else, making the painting almost uninviting and lacks a sense of warmth. The images in the mirror are meant to be separate and not interfere with the frontal image. It’s that separation that draws so much of the discussion; without the sense of her being separate, you have no cause to wonder what is actually going on. It’s this interesting perspective that makes this painting so unique, it’s able to draw a conclusion from every viewer and those conclusions for the most part can be very different. The fact that the barmaids facial expressions don’t seem to match up with the body language portrayed in the reflection has to make you wonder what the true meaning, or if there is even a true meaning to this piece, or if Manet’s main purpose was to get the viewer to think and ponder about life, society, morals and take it all in on a personal level. Art is meant to inspire and to showcase your personality and individuality, but it’s also meant to provoke thought and change. Manet’s A Bar at the
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