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The Daily Book of Art by David Schmidt, Rebecca J Razo, Elizabeth T. Gilbert, Amy Runyen, Sharon Robinson, Gabriel Guzman, Dylan Gilbert, Colin Gilbert

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A Bar at the Folies-Bergère

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. ...

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