Edouard Manet, The Plum (1877)
Here’s a young working class woman looking pensive, in a cafe. The woman who modelled this for Manet is actress Ellen Andree, who was also the model for L’Absinthe, in which she also sat in a cafe with a green drink, in Edgar Degas’ 1876 painting. And voila, she was the model in Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party (1881), where she held a glass at a luncheon table. In all these paintings, she is the picture of human isolation, you guys. There is something obsessive about this trope.