"A Bar at the Folies-Berger" and 19th Century Society
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The paper demonstrates how while representing it's placement in history and society, "A Bar at the Folies-Bergere" also leaves much to be interpreted of its composition and subject matter. The paper focuses on the distortion of the mirror in this painting and how it has been the subject of sexual, personal, socioeconomic and symbolic interpretations. The paper highlights the techniques in this painting that are attributed originally, if not solely, to Manet. The writer offers a personal view that the distortion of the mirror was created to illustrate the gender relations of that time, the alienation one felt in that society, and the personal emotions of the barmaid. The paper includes color images.
From the Paper:"During the mid to late 19th century in Paris, the society and culture that could be found was one of frivolity, decadence, and volatility. Edouard Manet and his contemporaries created many works on the subject of modern Paris and the popular performances of night cafes. Manet created a telling work of the time, A Bar at the Folies-Bergere (1882) , as his last large canvas (96cm x 130cm) . While representing it's placement in history and society, A Bar also leaves much to be interpreted of its composition and subject matter. More specifically, the distortion of the mirror in this painting has been the subject of sexual, personal, socioeconomic, and symbolic interpretations."
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