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A Bar at the Folies-Bergère

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Friends

Manet enjoyed peopling his pictures with his friends. A bar at the Folies Bergere is no exception. In the balcony is Mery Laurent in the yellow gloves, and Jeanne de Marsy in a yellow dress and black hat. Next to them is Henri Dupray. It is thought that Gaston La Touche - painter, dandy, aesthete -is the man at the bar.

"Manet was a gregarious man, little given to morbid introspection, and one who enjoyed life... the presence of his friends... endows the painting with a very personal and positive aspect."

Novelene Ross, Manet's Bar at the Folies-Bergère And the Myths of Popular Illustration, Bowker, Epping, 1982

Mery Laurent
Fact or Fiction

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A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, detail

Manet

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Music in the Tuileries, 1862

Manet (National Gallery, London)

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Jeanne - le Printemps

Manet (Courtauld Institute of Art)

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