Vermeer’s newly arrived Woman in Blue Reading a Letter seems calmly at home in our galleries—but introduces a distinctive new presence. More»
“To paint human beings, and paint them well—that’s the really difficult thing,” — Gustave Courbet
Courbet’s female nudes shocked critics. He depicted a modern woman in a style referencing classical poses.
The inscription translated reads “Old man, here’s one to send Saint Beuve if he gives us a hard time!”, a reference to literary historian and critic Charles-Augustin Sainte-Beuve, known for his conservative opinions.