scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 2,827
Before attempting to anaylse the significance of gender within Edouard Manets work entitled A Bar at the Follies-Bergere 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 whos social standing resulted from Augustes 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 Augustes role in both society and the ministry actually intimidated the young Manet who constantly aspired throughout his adult life to gain the same level of reverence as that which his father possessed In fact so intrinsic is Manets personal background to the analysis of the artists treatment of gender within his work that any substantial theory concerning this subject must be founded upon a detailed study of the artists formative years Such a personal focus as this allows the particularities found within Manets relationships 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 A Bar at the Follies-Bergere It was during the late 1850s 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
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA