Manet Painting

Before attempting to anaylse the significance of gender within Edouard Manet¹s work entitled ³A Bar at the Follies-Bergere², one must first identify , and note, the somewhat colorful events which occurred within the artist life, and note the way in which they must have undoubtedly prejudiced his work.
Born in France in 1832, Manet was raised by his parents Auguste and Eugenie-Desiree; a society couple, who's social standing resulted from Auguste¹s successful career in the Ministry of Justice , Paris. Indeed, so successful was Auguste in his chosen field that upon his retirement he was awarded the Legion of Honor. It is thought by many that the importance of Auguste¹s role in both society ...

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with women to become apparent, and therefore, in part, aids the understanding of the complex interactionalism found between the characters within his painted scenes.
However, it is the actions of the artists youth which many theorists believe is the key to understanding the ambiguous portrayal of woman within his painting of ³A Bar at the Follies-Bergere². It was during the late 1850¹s when Manet was serving as a naval cadet in Rio de Janeiro, that he met a number of slave girls, Manet had openly admitted in letters to his friends the extend to which he found their tropical beauty alluring. Yet, is was not until Manet returned to France that he reveled the true extent of his relationships with these girls, and confessed to the fact that they allowed his time there to be served in relative sexual promiscuity. But, why should such behavior, which it must be noted, would have been considered as being quite normal for a gentleman such as Manet, be such an intrinsic facet in ...

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of ŒChrist Rising from the Tomb¹ by Fra Angelico, which proceeds to raise a number of challenging questions in the mind of the viewer.

Whilst Gedo does acknowledge that Manet had always wished to paint this Biblical scene as an exercise of his talent, the application of such a stance to that of a prostitute in a Parisian bar is in itself shocking, and therefore illuminates the work as nothing less than a painting which exhibits complete defiance to all that was considered appropriate and indeed, acceptable in the eyes of the Academy. This however, it can be argued was Manet¹s wish. For, by 1882, after years of constant rejection by the critical elite, Manet¹s frustration toward the ...

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