Hooking Up At A Bar

The painting is by Edouard Manet and is entitled The Bar at the Folies Bergere.

The expression on the face of the barmaid is curious and lends itself to interpretation. Not as famous as the smile on the lips of Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa the expression nevertheless arouses interest.

File:Edouard Manet, A Bar at the Folies-Bergère.jpg

The subject of the painting is engaged in conversation with a customer at the bar. Is she being propositioned by a man whose attire proclaims his wealth? She seems bored. Perhaps she receives propositions nightly. Perhaps from the same man and she is simply tired of his persistence. But he is a customer and a good one and so she must endure his advances.

And why not engage this man and succumb to his proposal? Is she of high moral character? Perhaps. More likely she is already a wealthy man’s mistress. So why spoil a good thing. Endure she must.

Or is she thinking it over? Why not leave her current lover and bestow her favors on another? There may be advantages in a switch, a turn of fortunes. Perhaps so she is thinking.

What do you think? After all, there is more to art than paint on a canvas.

77 cm × 53 cm

Image via Wikipedia

And here’s a dirty picture by Manet.

Edouard Manet, Olympia, oil on canvas, 1863, M...

Image via Wikipedia

When I put the words “dirty picture” in a post I get a lot of responses. Sorry about that.

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One Comment to “Hooking Up At A Bar”

  1. first painting is awesome I didn’t know it.
    The two others I knew them already but of course those are great painters so.
    Nice post!

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