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La Victoire de Samothrace, Unknown, 190 BC

The Luncheon on the Grass



The Luncheon on the Grass, like Olympia, is one of the most famous paintings of the Musée d’Orsay.

It's considered a pillar of modern art - and still unnerves people today.

In this painting, Manet is also pastiching a famous artwork from the Renaissance - this time from artist Raphael.

Again, he's replacing a goddess with a naked courtesan, which the public would have immediately picked up on at the time.

The woman’s nakedness has no mythological or allegorical reason to be here - the only acceptable reason to represent a naked women close to home.