Manet, The Railway, 1872-1873.
Manet made drawings of the location out-of-doors,
but probably executed his painting in a studio on the rue de Saint-Pétersbourg.
The composition and execution he devised were the target of much debate, catching
the ire of traditionalists and the admiration of the avant-garde.
Manet's informal arrangement of the painting suggests
a momentary experience: one figure meets the spectator's glance while the other is unaware of our presence.
It is an elusive moment of contact.