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we're looking at a painting by Mary Cassatt called the loge and actually this subject of a young women at the Opera is something that she paints several times and it to gods painting things like the gods painting this subject in a very different way he's painting backstage at the Opera he's painting the women on stage warming and what casada is doing this American who's in Paris is painting the audience painting often Americans and sometimes for family who are observing often in a much more proper sort of environment that's true and as a woman she may have been confined more to that more proper environment so they're probably at the Paris Opera yes at the new Opera House very much a symbol of the new culture to industrial to all the money that was created by this new industrial culture and here was its showplace centerpieces for the new modern parent stage of course was not simply the stage on which the ballerinas perform next stage was the loge the stage was the audience you went to see and be seen they seemed appropriately skittish I think for their place in society about being observed and a little bit uncomfortable about that in a way that would have been seen as appropriate to them well they're very young it would have also made them more chaste and I think they are and this is fulfilling their social obligation to their past but oh my god look at the pinks and the breeze look at the figures dress in the foreground in their gloves their gloves are blue and green in a way I feel like this foreshadows what van Gogh and go again are going to do with colour the detachment from reality now this is thinking about shadow in terms of color but it's so removed from the traditional way of modeling and really modeling with color and suggesting light with color in a really radical way and a disassociating color from the clearly observed that and taking license am I looking at these two women who stand in front of a mirror or City yeah I think there's a mirror they must be looking towards the stage and of course we see the reflection in back of them enough that wonderful chandelier as well would have been lowered I feel like this should be called symphony and pink and green and purple and yellow are you suggesting that in a sense color is taking the place of the music that they might be hearing I hadn't thought of that I feel very much like there's a this is very much about the joy of color there is a kind of destruction of traditional space here that would have been influenced by Japanese and so you've got that kind of reference you've also got the beautiful arc the fan which echoes the arc of her shoulder and also the arc of the lotion yeah that we see in reflect yeah there are these counter pointing circles they move throughout we see it in the chandelier choker we see it in a fan receiving her shoulder yeah absolutely another example of an impressionist painting where it looks so spontaneous but when you really stop to analyze you've got a lot of forms that are very very carefully constructed but I think you're absolutely right this painting is about color and it's about a kind of open brushwork and it's about the act of observing and once again that open brushwork and this kind of Liberty with colors suggesting what it was like to live in the eighteen seventies and eighties in Paris