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A Bar at the Folies-Bergère

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Electric light

Manet's painting of the Bar at the Folies Bergère is one of the first pictures to portray electric light. One of J-K Huysman's criticisms of the painting was that the lights were not brilliant enough.

1809 Humphry Davy invented the first electric light.

1854 Henricg Globel, a German watchmaker, invented the first true lightbulb.

1879 Thomas Alva Edison invented a carbon filament that burned for forty hours. Edison placed his filament in an oxygenless bulb.

1880 Edison continued to improve his lightbulb until it lasted for over a thousand hours.

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A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, detail

Manet

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Edison's filament lamp, American, 1879

Science & Society Picture Library
Picture number: LITC100020

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