Édouard Manet, A Bar at Folies-Bergère, 1881-1882
Smart History Édouard Manet, A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, 1882 speaks to a single artwork and makes explicit the relationship between looking closely and making meaning in a visual analysis of an artwork. (Sourced from Stream)
One idea taken from the text: Playing and distorting perspective to create emotions
This relates to the painting ‘Las Meninas‘ because its about the perspective of the painter as well as the audience. Where the painter actually is changes depending on the mirror within the text. In relation to the picture discussed within the video, they contain a mirror which plays with the perspective of the audience. ‘Las Meninas’ doesn’t really play with emotions as much as the other image does. Through the use of the mirror, it plays with the way the the artist perceives the subject and how the audience perceives it as well. We as the audience are captivated by the changing perspective and we start to question what the artist was actually trying to show us. The mirror also shows us that this is staged and constructed, the mirror isn’t a metaphor for the truth, they are the mirror of the visual world. Everything that we look at is constructed, based on our point of view, the mirror is a false as it is constructed.
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(“Édouard Manet, A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, 1882.” YouTube. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Apr. 2016.)