Gustave Courbet’s The Origin of the World, in which Courbet cuts to the chase of many nude portraits and is like “this is what you guys are focusing on,” instead of beating around the bush (no pun intended) and framing it within some context of culture or history like orientalism (see: Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’ The Large Odalisque) so men can put it on their walls and “appreciate the art”
How do people not think this is rad shit
This was painted in 1866, in a time where everything was so fluffed up with drama and this dude just straight up paints a vagina like “fuck your shit look at this”
An artist (Frode Steinicke) posted a picture of this on Facebook and their account was disabled, prompting people to make it their profile picture in protest until Facebook relented and re enabled the artist’s account
There’s been police going into bookstores to have books removed with this painting as their cover. Several times.
NUDE No. 3358 (100 x 70 cm) monotype, March 2014
Sketch of Luma Grothe