|DAY 265||A PICTURE’S WORTH 1000 200 WORDS|
EDOUARD MANET, 1881-1882
In A Bar at the Folies-Begère, Edouard Manet’s last major painting, we find ourselves seated across from a woman named Suzon, who really was a bartender at the Folies Bergere café-concert. Similar to L’Absinthe by Degas (page 192), the highlight of the piece is the woman’s expression. There is a melancholy in her eyes, and we have the distinct impression that she would rather be anywhere but here. What do you think is going through Suzon’s mind?
Some critics claim that the scene behind the bartender is, in fact, a reflection in a mirror. ...