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La Victoire de Samothrace, Unknown, 190 BC

The Luncheon on the Grass




Like Olympia, the Luncheon on the Grass 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 drawing inspiration from a famous artwork of the Renaissance - this time by artist Raphael.

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

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

Like with Olympia, Manet's style also deeply shocked the audience - with its jarring colours, apparent brushstrokes and skewing of perspective.

The public hated it.

But others loved it - Picasso alone painted more than 150 versions of it!

The painting still unnerves viewers today.

But, like Olympia, the woman's gaze is provocative and unapologetic - almost daring you to keep staring!

La Joconde, de Vinci (1519)


Dance at the Moulin de la Galette

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