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This painting is now regarded as one of the great masterpieces of 19th century art, but when it was first exhibited at the Salon of 1865, a critic wrote, 'Nothing so cynical has ever be seen at this 'Olympia', a sort of female gorilla, an india rubber deformity, surrounded by black, lying on a bed, completely nude...' The painting provoked an outcry from the public. This work is based on a classical masterpiece, which Manet had copied as a student, Titian's 'Venus of Urbino'. What was considered so disgusting was that Manet had painted instead of a well-rounded woman of classical proportions, a girl with an adolescent body and a face expressing open invitation. Her body is painted in a cold, revealing light and with such definite outlines that she appears more naked than any previous nude figure in art. The treatment of her body is a starling demonstration of Manet's mastery of white tones, set off by the dark browns and black of the background and the skin of the negro maid.
Owner/Location: Musée d'Orsay  (France - Paris)
Dates: 1863
Artist age:Approximately 31 years old.
Dimensions: Height: 130.49 cm (51.37 in.), Width: 189.87 cm (74.75 in.)
Medium: Painting - oil on canvas
Entered by: Member rocsdad on 01 October 2003.
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