Manet painted many great paintings, many of which feature this model, named Victorine Meurent (1844–1928). What I find most interesting about his work are his compositions. The inclusion here of the parrot perch is essential to balancing the picture. Each element is, in its own subtle way, important to the painting’s composition.
This painting is of the same model, this time dressed as a bullfighter. Again each element is essential to the composition in its own subtle way. These paintings both reside in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.