Monday, April 13, 2015

Young Ladies by the River Seine (1856-57)

Gustave Courbet: Young Ladies by the River Seine

One of Courbet's most famous works, this canvas was rather shocking to the viewing public of the late 1850s, with its depiction of idling city girls, one boldly displaying her undergarments (ironically, this would likely have been seen at the time as more titillating than total nudity), and its (seen by some, anyway) insinuations of lesbianism.

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