This visual presentation about Édouard Manet’s painting “A Bar at the Folies-Bergère” explores how the alteration of perspective can capture intimacy and emotion. Paintings reflect current context – place, time, and society. For example, A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, the mirrored relationship between the female and male suggest a sort of intimacy through body language. However, her face tells a different story, Manet captures the vacant expression on her face. The painting channels Manet’s thoughts and feelings regarding 1880’s Paris where the “working class women” were seen as more sexually available than higher class women who were sheltered. The mirror is once again seen as a path of knowledge, it gives insight into the context of the painting and the relation to the subject. This ties back in with Velázquez, Diego’s Las Meninas painting, where perspective captures the relationship between the living, from the dog at the bottom to the king and queen reflected in the mirror.
Manet, Édouard. A Bar at the Folies-Bergère. Digital image. Web Gallery of Art. N.p., 1881 – 1882. Web. 20 Apr. 2016.