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Edouard Manet, The Railway, 1872-1873.

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). They are pictured in the garden behind Hirsch's apartment house, at the edge of which was a tall, iron fence.

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