After 90 minutes of shoveling snow, a break for tea and chocolate biscuits certainly hits the spot! Some art by Manet rounded out the afternoon.
He was famous in his circle for his fashion-conscious appearance. Some critics took this, unfairly, to be a mark of his lack of "seriousness."
His "circle" included Degas, Mallarme, Morisot, Proust, and Zola. So Manet was no slouch, even if he lacked seriousness.