Manet’s Le Déjeuner and Mlle. V. Simply Explained

Some of Édouard Manet’s important paintings are so strange that one can only wonder why anyone ever thought they depicted the real world. Yet contemporaries thought so and most people still do today. Reject the idea for a moment and your eyes will open. As you read on, the scene will transform into something else entirely but, unlike now, all will be logical with everything in its right place. True perception of Manet’s settings are as self-evident as a mathematical proof.

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