The Railway is one of Manet's most important
and ravishing paintings. It's dominated by two figures. One, the little girl,
was reportedly the daughter of Manet's neighbor, Alphonse Hirsch. The
other was Victorine Meurent, the woman who posed for Manet's most sensational
pictures, Déjeuner sur l'herbe and Olympia (Musée d'Orsay, Paris).