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The Bathers

Gustave Courbet

The Bathers

Gustave Courbet
  • Original Title: Les Baigneuses
  • Date: 1853
  • Style: Realism
  • Genre: genre painting
  • Media: oil, canvas
  • Dimensions: 227 x 193 cm
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This is one of the best examples of Courbet's non-classical treatment of nudes. In this eight foot tall painting two women are partially naked without any mythological justification or rhetoric, rendered naturally and not idealized. The painting was poorly received, with Delacroix seeing no excuse for these "naked and fat bourgeoisie.. buttocks, and meaningless gestures." But rather than being negative, the attention was good publicity, and Courbet sold the work in spite of the criticisms.

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