A bar at the Folies Bergere is an oil painting produced in 1882 by French painter Edouard Manet.
The reconstruction of the painting revealed that the actual conversation everyone thought of taking place between the barmaid and gentleman was actually an optical trick. The gentleman shown standing right in front of barmaid in the background of the picture in the mirror was to be standing outside of artist vision that looks away from the barmaid. The viewer should be standing closer to the bar and to the right in-line of the gentleman reflection.
Critics accused Manet of an unusual departure of the viewer central viewpoint to the right side when viewing a bar at the Folies Bergere painting. Manet painted the bar at Folies Bergere because he knew the place very well. In the starting, he only made preparatory sketches there and then painted the final picture in his studio only. Suzon was the barmaid that was employed by Manet to pose behind the bar. The dimensions of the painting were 96 cm × 130 cm or 37.8 in × 51.2 in.