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The Bar at the Folies-Bergère
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Grab a drink with Manet's Bar at the Folies-Bergére! Actually, don't the museum probably wouldn't like it.

The Folies-Bergère is a world famous theater/night club where semi nude women have been performing since 1869. Josephine Baker became a sensation when she appeared at the Folies-Bergère dressed only in a skirt of fake bananas. Watch the performance here

The painting is one of Manet's last major works, and was first owned by Manet’s neighbor Emmanuel Chabrier, a French composer who hung it quaintly over his piano.  But it may be a little more scandalous than standard living room fare.

Manet's secret code: the dish of oranges means she's a prostitute. The model’s name is Suzon and she really worked at the Folies-Bergère.  Perhaps as more than a barmaid.  Did Manet have a crush?

The many cultural references include:

The address is 32 Rue Richer 75009 Paris France‎ and they still put on shows.

In French it's Le Bar aux Folies-Bergère.

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Here is what Wikipedia says about A Bar at the Folies-Bergère

A Bar at the Folies-Bergère (French: Un bar aux Folies Bergère) is a painting by Édouard Manet, considered to be his last major work. It was painted in 1882 and exhibited at the Paris Salon of that year. It depicts a scene in the Folies Bergère nightclub in Paris. The painting originally belonged to the composer Emmanuel Chabrier, a close friend of Manet, and hung over his piano. It is now in the Courtauld Gallery in London.

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