Oranges and Wealth

drawing of oranges in a bowl
Nicole, age 18 Watercolour on paper

Nicole, age 18

Watercolour on paper 

Oranges and Wealth relates to the theme of wealth and poverty within Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère. I chose to focus on the bowl of fruit situated in the bottom right of the painting and so I created my bowl of exotic oranges. In 1882, fruit was considered a luxury and symbolised wealth within the artwork. With the increase in worldwide trading, fruit became more accessible but still wasn’t cheap and remains a luxury for many today. In 2023, as the cost-of-living crisis affects more households, fruit isn’t considered as a necessity compared to cheaper foods. With the rate of inflation increasing, some can only gaze upon fruit rather than having the luxury to keep it within their diet.