A-Level: 19th-century painting of leisure

Mary Cassatt, In the Loge- detail
The subject looks through opera glasses, but she herself is the object of another man’s gaze—not to mention ours.

Mary Cassatt, In the Loge

Auguste Renoir, La Loge- detail
The Paris Opera was a who’s who of society, and the attendees were as much on display as the performers.

Auguste Renoir, La Loge

Édouard Manet, The Balcony, 1868-69
This work celebrates the leisurely lifestyle of the urban bourgeoisie, but it also shows its more somber aspects.

Édouard Manet, The Balcony