1868-1869, Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France. When Manet painted this picture, scenes of bourgeois life are a kind of fashion. Yet "The balcony" does not respond to public expectations of the time. All characters are intimates of Manet. Berthe Morisot, seated in the foreground, makes her first appearance in Manet's works and she will become a preferred model.