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Woman with a Parrot

Gustave Courbet

Woman with a Parrot

Gustave Courbet
  • Date: 1866
  • Style: Realism
  • Genre: nude painting (nu)
  • Media: oil, canvas
  • Dimensions: 129.5 x 195.6 cm
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La Femme au perroquet (Woman with a Parrot) is an oil painting on canvas by French artist Gustave Courbet. It was the first nude (art) by the artist to be accepted by the Paris Salon in 1866 after a previous entry in 1864 was rejected as indecent.

The painting shows a woman reclining on her back, with a pet parrot alighting on an outstretched hand. While painted in a style to gain Academy acceptance in its pose and smooth flesh tones, the model's discarded clothes and disheveled hair were controversial, although less so than Le Sommeil, painted the same year. Joanna Hiffernan likely posed for both paintings, as she did for others by Courbet.

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