Art history: Manet and perspective

Our very own CamTrad Director Greg, a historian and an art aficionado, walked us through some breakthrough points of art history on Wednesday night. His entertaining and insightful talk, focused on Manet’s painting, the role of perspective, and the paradigm shift from academism to modern art, had us wondering about the moods of the era, imagining ourselves as being part of the canvass, and twisting our heads while trying to decipher from which angle the painter intended us to look.

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To this end, students were asked to reconstruct the scene depicted by Édouard Manet’s ‘Un bar aux Folies Bergère’ in space: the tree volunteers staged the positions between the waitress, her reflection in the mirror, and the customer, whose perspective the artist has lent to us spectators. Did they get it right?

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