Édouard Manet’s Le Serveuse De Bocks (The Waitress) is an 1879 oil on canvas painting created during the Impressionist period. It is part of the permanent collection of Musee d’Orsay in Paris, located in France. The dimensions of the painting are 77.5 x 65 cm. The painting was directly related to his Corner of a Café-Concert (Le Dejeuner Sur L’Herbe) from 1863.
This work exemplifies Manet’s use of modernized techniques and subject matter, thereby challenging traditional artistic convention as he incorporated a more realistic style of painting that was popular at the time. It features a cafe scene with a woman standing at a counter surrounded by her customers, who are drinking beer and conversing. The piece stands out due to its realism and impressionistic nature which captures light and texture in an admirably delicate manner.
Le Dejeuner Sur L’Herbe (Lunch on the Grass), completed in 1863, is another notable work by Edouard Manet which captures the opulence and leisure enjoyed by upper-class French society during Manet’s era. This skillfully composed composition bridges famous Greek sculptures with stylish female models through its beautiful brushstrokes of thick paint, highlighting Manet’s impressive eye for detail and unique vision of art that revolutionized the 19th century impressionist movement.