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A Bar at the Folies-Bergère

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spacer A Visit to Manet's Studio

A contemporary account of Manet's work on A Bar at the Folies-Bergère
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spacer The sketch for 'A Bar at the Folies-Bergère'

Even in his preparatory sketch, Manet was thinking about distorting reality.
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spacer John Rewald on Manet's 'Bar'

Scholar and connoisseur John Rewald was the first great historian of Impressionism.
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spacer Duret on Manet

"There in the Salon of 1882 he found himself among the elect"
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spacer Favourable criticism

"It is one of the best, the most original, most novel, and most harmonious paintings..."
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spacer Unfavourable criticism

"Manet is not a master - far from it."
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spacer Friends

Manet enjoyed peopling his paintings with his friends.
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spacer Suzon

The model for the barmaid was a woman called 'Suzon'. Very little is known about her.
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spacer Mery Laurent

The woman in the yellow gloves is Mery Laurent, a model, friend and lover.
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spacer Emmanuel Chabrier

Manet died in the company of his friend the composer Emanuel Chabrier, the first owner of the painting.
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spacer The Last Resort

It is interesting to compare Manetís painting with this photograph by British photographer Martin Parr.
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spacer What is the barmaid looking at?

In real life, the Folies-Bergère did not have bars with mirrors that reflected the audience.
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spacer Mirrors: Illogical Geometry

"An alternative view is that the scene to the right is a kind of materialization of the barmaid's 'reflections'..."
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spacer Looking forward and seeing backwards

Manet's Bar is controversially celebrated as one of the most spectacular representations...
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spacer Mirrors: The Place of Realism

"Realism has its fascination and its justification: it would be presumptuous to exclude it from art."
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spacer Mirrors: Las Meninas

Velázquez's Las meninas has an extremely complicated, highly unusual composition...
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spacer Fact or Fiction

Does the picture tell a story or reflect reality?
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spacer The eye of the painter and the eye of the policeman

It is not only students and lovers of art who have been fascinated by Manet's painting.
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spacer Whiteness

"The paint surface itself is mostly dry, with almost a scraped quality, a bit harsh, a bit brittle..."
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spacer Electric light

Manet's Bar is one of the first paintings to feature electric light.
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spacer The red triangle

The Department of Registration of Trademarks opened in London on January 1, 1876.
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