Railway by Edouard Manet

Railway by Edouard Manet

Mane had an amazing talent – to snatch everyday, at first glance, scenes from everyday life and draw other people’s attention to them. People who are busy with daily activities, people who can be met just by going out.

Many works of Mane just scream – “Why do you need pictures, look around and see.” “Railway” – one of these surprisingly bright and simple picture. It depicts a young girl sitting on the edge of a grating fence and a little girl peering behind the bars. They may be sisters – or a girl governess walking with a child. In any case, they are

looking in different directions – the girl’s face is not visible, but the girl is looking directly at the viewer’s face, as if he had just called her name, and she was unhappy that she had been torn away from the book.

Perhaps in her about love. Perhaps about magical adventures. Perhaps about a simple everyday life or about the exciting adventures of some famous detective story. In the arms of the girl a small puppy is sleeping, the book is open in the middle. It is necessary to look away from the picture – and it seems that the girl is back to reading.

The girl is busy with others. Standing on her tiptoes, leaning forward, she looks beyond the fence, onto the railway, where a train arrives in clouds of smoke and steam. Perhaps she wants to go on a journey and find amazing adventures and good friends in it.

Perhaps, she never went by train and passionately dreams about it – and maybe, on the contrary, went and gave herself to sweet memories. Her hands on the bars. Head slightly tilted – stubbornly, carefully. The fact that for her elder friend only a simple reality is a gray one that can and should be exchanged for the reality of the book, for herself it is a miracle, a fascinating tale worth neglecting reading for her sake. And the puppy is sleeping. He needs only people and bone.

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