Category Archives: Édouard Manet

Disembodiment.

The Barmaid

What startles me are the hanging legs of the trapeze artist in the left corner, being ogled at. Manet lost his legs shortly before painting this work; no doubt he felt the focus of sneering gazes… overwhelming self-consciousness… as evoked by the bodiless legs in this painting.

(Manet, The Barmaid, 1881/82)

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