The Courtauld Gallery in London owns Manet’s famous painting that so engaged Foucault. They have a wonderful interactive web page through which you can scroll, enlarge and highlight different aspects of the painting, with background information and much more.
Defert (se below) says that Foucault considered the painting the inverse of Velásquez’s Las Meninas. Foucault also refers back to A Bar at the Folies-Bergère in discussing a painting by Gérard Fromanger and a series of photographs by Duane Michals – all four works by Velásquez, Manet, Fromanger and Michals play with images reflecting in a mirror.
Defert, D. (1994) ‘Chronologie’ in Dits et écrits 1954-1975. Paris: Gallimard (49).
15 July 2014