Edouard Manet: The Balcony (1868-1869)

When Manet painted this piece, scenes of bourgeois life were in vogue, yet The Balcony went against the conventions of the day. The painting tells no story or anecdote; the protagonists are frozen, as if isolated in an interior dream, evidence that Manet was freeing himself from academic constraints, despite the obvious reference to Majas on the Balcony by Francisco Goya,