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Edouard Manet
The Bar. 1878-1879

The picture is close to a series of works by Manet in 1878 on the restaurant theme and resembles the Beer Server (1878-1879) from the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. The emphatic pictorial freedom and sketchiness of the canvas have led many specialists to suggest that this is a preparatory work for a composition that was never painted. The scene in a well-known Paris cafe in the Place Moncey is captured by the artist's keen and attentive eye.

Edouard Manet