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Jeff Wall, Picture for Women (1979). 
Wall’s inspiration for this photograph was Manet’s painting A Bar at the Folies-Bergeres (1881-82). Like Manet’s painting, a reflection from a mirror is represented in the image. The photograph and the painting both involve a complex game of glances between the figures in the image, a woman and a man, both reflected in the mirror, and the viewer. Wall further complicates the game by adding another gaze, that of the camera itself, its eye centrally fixed in the composition. 

Jeff Wall, Picture for Women (1979). 

Wall’s inspiration for this photograph was Manet’s painting A Bar at the Folies-Bergeres (1881-82). Like Manet’s painting, a reflection from a mirror is represented in the image. The photograph and the painting both involve a complex game of glances between the figures in the image, a woman and a man, both reflected in the mirror, and the viewer. Wall further complicates the game by adding another gaze, that of the camera itself, its eye centrally fixed in the composition. 

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