Monday, February 18, 2013

A Bar at the Folies-Bergère by Edouard Monet

This is A Bar at the Folies-Bergère by Edouard Monet. It is and oil on canvas painting made in 1882 in Paris, France. You can easily tell that the woman at the center of the painting is the bar tender from the way she is positioned behind the bar. The counter top is very realistic. I reminded me of marble. The mirror behind the woman is what I find to be the most intricate part of the painting. it show the woman point of view. All the blurred images come together to show that the bar is packed with people. I like how all the faces of the people in the painting are out of focus except for the bar tenders. The man in the corner she seems to be talking to also has a blurry face even though he is closer to the mirror that the other people in the painting. Another thing that I find interesting about this painting is that the bar tender doesn't seem to be very happy. She facial expression gives off a feeling of detachment.  Maybe she was daydreaming or maybe she would much rather be a customer than a worker at the bar.

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