The Story of a Balcony
Majas on a Balcony by Francisco Goya, showing two women, probably courtesans, being over-seen by two shadowy sinister figures.
The Balcony by Edouard Manet. "The painting tells no story or anecdote; the protagonists are frozen, as if isolated in an interior dream, evidence that Manet was freeing himself from academic constraints, despite the obvious reference to Goya's Majas at the Balcony."
The Spanish Visitors by Russell Conner. "This painting joins two of the most famous balcony scenes since Romeo and Juliet. Goya's Majas on a Balcony, with two women of uncertain virtue leaning on a railing and two mysterious men lurking behind, must have hovered in Manet's imagination when he painted his own The Balcony almost sixty years later."
Perspective II: Manet's Balcony by Rene Magritte. "René Magritte is Belgium’s most important Surrealist painter. His work is disturbing, ironic, yet at the same time poetic. In one of his most famous paintings, “Manet’s Balcony”, he replaced the figures from Manet’s painting with coffins. This macabre sense of humour is typical of Magritte. Magritte enjoyed playing with paradoxes through which he continually questioned traditional western images and perceptions."