Édouard Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère (1882) is considered his best work because it pushes at the boundaries of art and portraiture in many different ways, inviting the viewer to consider some powerful questions about Paris social life at the time.

We are really interested to see and hear your ideas about how this work connects with our social lives and values now. Work collaboratively (either as a small group or a class) to create an artwork or a concept for an artwork in response to the painting that either:

  • Makes a comment on an aspect of contemporary social life, or
  • Brings a contemporary interpretation to A Bar at the Folies-Bergère

Use the themes and activities to help guide your project, and develop your own.

See how other people have interpreted the brief and activities, and share your own responses here.