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Manets painting A Bar at the Folies-Bergre was an integral factor in the rise of a new era in art through the emergence of a contemporary Parisian city Modern art began to flourish during the late 1800s Being a painting of extreme complexity and ambiguity many art critics have commented on the formal aspects of the painting as well as the social reactions to this specific and novel form of art The purpose and meaning of the mirror behind the lady and the disparity of reality versus reflections pose immense controversy and are discussed in Robert Herberts essay Impressionism Art Leisure Parisian Society Bradford R Collins Twelve Views Of Manets Bar Jack Flams Looking into the Abyss The poetics of Manets A Bar At the Folies-Bergre and TJ Clarks The Painting of Modern Life Moreover these authorss united their interpretations of this painting with the idea of a new Parisian lifestyle and conduct Presented in this painting is the scene of a young engaging barmaid at the Folies-Bergre music hall She is standing behind a marble counter which is covered with wine bottles fruits and flowers Behind her are the essential element of the painting the mirror that reflects the setting in which she is serving as well as a peculiar man with a moustache The barmaid is confined to the narrow space behind the bar however in the reflection Manet introduces the new recreational activities of the elite and sophisticated Parisians Despite her lack of expression Herbert clearly states that Manet has given the barmaid facing the audience a feeling of dignity and self-worth contrary to the Parisian customs It was thought that women were hired to increase the sales of drinks and were made as vehicles for sexual favors and other kinds of business Herbert also says that barmaids at the time were known for loose morals He says that the lady has an ambiguous demeanor yet her frontal image is
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