Manet died in the company of his friend Emmanuel Chabrier. Chabrier was a composer, pianist and conductor, a friend of Fauré and Chausson. He met Manet while working as a civil servant in the Ministry of the Interior. He was a great advocate of Wagner, but is also recognized as a precursor of Debussy. Chabrier was the first owner of 'A Bar at the Folies-Bergère', buying it, at auction, for the enormous sum of FF5,850, It is said that he hung the picture above his piano. Chabrier died in 1894.