Manet feature
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Bertall, from Le Journal amusant,
May 21, 1864
There is no record of the original painting as it was shown in the Salon other than contemporary caricatures. In the example at left, the figures have been turned into wooden toys, lampooning what was perceived as the stiff, primitive character of Manet's forms and the infantile mind of the creator.

These caricatures and verbal descriptions are the only evidence we have of the original composition before it was cut apart, although much more has been learned in recent years through x-radiography.

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