Sign in to favourite Sign in to add to album Geographical notes close Places are defined in terms of modern geography. Copyright Information close This artwork is in public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 70 years or less. If you are a copyright owner of this artwork, or his/hers legal representative, and you do not agree that this artwork is public domain, please let us know firstname.lastname@example.org WikiArt.org allows unlimited copying, distributing and displaying of the images of public domain artworks. Artworks protected by copyright are supposed to be used only for contemplation. Images of that type of artworks are prohibited for copying, printing, or any kind of reproducing and communicating to public since these activities may be considered copyright infringement. Public domain ← → The Sleepers Gustave Courbet Original Title: Le Sommeil Alternative name: Le Sommeil Date: 1866 Style: Realism Genre: nude painting (nu) Media: oil, canvas Dimensions: 200 x 135 cm Location: Petit Palais, Paris, France Tags: female-nude, leisure-and-sleep Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_Sommeil References: www.theartstory.org Order an oil painting reproduction Ad Image dimension 750x505px, View all sizes This work shows Courbet's interest in an erotic Realism that became prevalent in his later work. Raw eroticism is delivered without aid of cupids or mythological justification of any kind, making this work vulgar to those with the prevailing taste of the day. Such unsanctified nudes provoked much discussion about flaws in Courbet's character and art, but the artist reveled in the added attention and increased reputation as a confrontational artist. In the 1860’s Courbet began painting erotic nudes scenes, including depictions of female genitalia, nude women in erotic poses, and this painting, depicting lesbianism. Courbet gained much notoriety for his erotic nudes, which he displayed alongside hunting scenes, ensuring a sales and a reputation. Le Sommeil was commissioned by the Turkish diplomat Khalil Bey, who also commissioned The Origin of the World, to include his private collection of erotic paintings. This particular painting was also part of a police report in 1872 when a painting dealer held in it an exhibition. It was not allowed to be displayed publicly until 1988. Gustave Courbet Famous works Self-Portrait with a Black Dog Gustave Courbet · 1841 The Man Made Mad by Fear Gustave Courbet · 1843 - 1844 The Desperate Man (Self-Portrait) Gustave Courbet · 1843 - 1845 A Burial at Ornans Gustave Courbet · 1849 - 1850 The Bathers Gustave Courbet · 1853 The Meeting (Bonjour Monsieur Courbet) Gustave Courbet · 1854 The Wheat Sifters Gustave Courbet · 1854 - 1855 The Artist’s Studio Gustave Courbet · 1854 - 1855 The Origin of the World Gustave Courbet · 1866 The Sleepers Gustave Courbet · 1866 The Wave Gustave Courbet · 1870 View all 270 artworks Related Artworks The Luncheon on the Grass Edouard Manet Olympia Edouard Manet Brunette with bare breasts Edouard Manet Ingres, Roger Deliverant Angelique James McNeill Whistler Symphony in White, No. 3 James McNeill Whistler Variations in Flesh Colour and Green—The Balcony James McNeill Whistler The Balcony Edouard Manet Surprised Nymph Edouard Manet The Cobbler James McNeill Whistler Lise on the Bank of the Seine Pierre-Auguste Renoir Hébé Carolus-Duran Danae Carolus-Duran The Vision of Saint Catherine Carolus-Duran The Fifer Edouard Manet The Painter Jules Le Coeur Walking His Dogs in the Forest of Fontainebleau Pierre-Auguste Renoir Portrait of Zacharie Astruc Edouard Manet Avenue of trees in a small town Alfred Sisley Dorfstrasse in Marlotte Alfred Sisley Still life with melon and peaches Edouard Manet Camille with a Small Dog Claude Monet 1 Load more Advertisement.