Both Manet and Degas had close ties to the city they were from – Paris. Their portrayal of Parisians in their natural habitat resulted in a close dialogue between the two artists.
Manet and Degas painted women from different social classes as a reflection of modern life.
I really loved seeing the famous Degas painting of absinthe drinkers on display alongside two similar paintings of women in a café by Manet.
Left: Édouard Manet, The Plum (Pruna), 1878, National Gallery of Art, Washington
Center: Edgar Degas, Dans un café (l’Absinthe), 1875-1876, Musée d’Orsay
Right: Édouard Manet, La Serveuse de bocks, 1878 – 1879, Musée d’Orsay