A Bar at the Folies-Bergere

By Édouard Manet SKU:45110

Edouard Manet's ""A Bar at the Folies-Bergere,"" painted in 1882, is an extraordinary artwork that continues to captivate art enthusiasts. The painting portrays a barmaid at the famous Parisian cabaret, capturing her contemplative expression amidst a bustling social scene. Manet's mastery lies in the use of reflections and spatial ambiguity, inviting viewers to question reality. The painting's uniqueness lies in its complex composition and psychological depth, presenting a subtle commentary on modernity, consumerism, and the role of women in society. ""A Bar at the Folies-Bergere"" stands as an iconic example of Manet's innovative approach to art and his lasting impact on the art world.

37 cm

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Title: Edouard Manet – A Bar at the Folies-Bergere (Year Painted: 1882)

In 1882, the renowned French artist Edouard Manet created one of his most iconic masterpieces, “”A Bar at the Folies-Bergere.”” This painting has not only become an emblem of modern art but also a significant representation of the bustling and decadent nightlife of 19th-century Paris.

“”A Bar at the Folies-Bergere”” captures the essence of Parisian society during the Belle Époque, an era characterized by optimism, technological progress, and a flourishing arts scene. The painting depicts a young barmaid, poised behind a lavish bar, adorned with sparkling bottles of spirits and an array of exotic fruits. Behind her, the bustling atmosphere of the Folies-Bergere, a popular music hall and entertainment venue, unfolds, complete with lively patrons engaged in animated conversations and revelry.

What sets this painting apart is Manet’s innovative approach to composition and perspective. The mirror behind the barmaid reflects the crowded space, including the image of a mysterious male figure who appears to be engaging her in conversation. This mirror image challenges the viewer’s perception of reality and raises questions about the truthfulness of what we see, blurring the line between fiction and reality.

Manet’s use of light and color also stands out in this work. The warm, glowing tones in the foreground contrast with the cooler hues in the background, adding depth and a sense of spatial realism to the scene. The careful attention to detail in the reflection and the play of light on various surfaces showcase Manet’s mastery of technique.

Beyond its technical brilliance, “”A Bar at the Folies-Bergere”” offers a glimpse into the changing social dynamics of the time. The barmaid’s contemplative expression and the subtle sense of detachment hint at the complexities of the modern urban experience, where the boundaries between public and private life were becoming increasingly blurred.

Manet’s work was met with both praise and criticism, as it defied conventional artistic norms of the time. Nonetheless, this painting has endured as a groundbreaking piece that foreshadowed the rise of Impressionism and modern art.

Today, “”A Bar at the Folies-Bergere”” is held in high esteem and remains a celebrated artwork in the world of art history. Its intricate portrayal of a specific moment in time, combined with its exploration of human perception and society, continues to captivate viewers and art enthusiasts alike, making it a timeless and invaluable piece of art from the 19th century.

Original size:
130 x 96 cm (width x height)
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50 cm
Maximum order width:
183 cm

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