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A Bar at the Folies-Bergère

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Thirty turbulent years saw Paris utterly transformed, architecturally, politically and artistically.
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In the 1850s Baron Haussmann the "demolition artist" rebuilt Paris.
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"oh! In Paris, there is liberty, there is the life of the intellect!"
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Around 1840 a new form of café appeared in Paris, in which singers and musicians provided a topical, vernacular form of entertainment.
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Though 'Gay Paree' was a term that originated in the Belle Epoque, it was conceived in 1880.
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"All fashions are charming, or rather relatively charming, each one being a new striving...
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Both as a dandy and as a painter, fashion was of immense interest to Manet.
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