What is the painting?

Reminds-me-ofDuring a recent visit home my daughter was trying out my new, preloved camera and the new, also secondhand, prime lens. You can see she was having a go at capturing the ‘infinite’ reflections disappearing down the tunnel created by a pair of mirrors opposite each other.

However, when I saw this photograph downloaded from the memory card it immediately reminded me of a very famous painting. My daughter’s photo had not remotely been an attempt to copy the original Manet painting. That would have been a technical feat, with the intriguing image the artist achieved on canvas, but I do think there is a familiar quality about this photo’s composition. I think that my daughter’s fringe, the mirrors and the cluttered sideboard are also significant details. A little slice of life imitating art, don’t you think?

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The Bar at the Folies-Bergeres, by Edouard Manet

‘A Bar at the Folies-Bergère’ (Un bar aux Folies Bergère) – Edouard Manet. Oil on canvas. 96 cm (38 in) × 130 cm (51 in) Courtauld Gallery, London

 

 

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About agnesashe

Artisan, blogger and passionate East Anglian working from home.
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10 Responses to What is the painting?

  1. Certainly some similarities! Great capture!

  2. margaret21 says:

    Oh definitely. Very clever. I bet your daughter knows the painting now!

  3. Not sure I see it but love the photo!

    • agnesashe says:

      😊 Interestingly not long after posting I had that very conversation with a friend. We tried to unpick why it’s persuasive for some and not others. We, rather amateurishly I should say, came to the conclusion it might be how our brains process approximating blocks of light and dark space in images. My mother often used to deliberately blur her view of her work as she painted to see the block shapes as opposed to the details. Maybe there are ‘approximaters’ and ‘detailers’?!!

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