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      “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. 

      07/08/15

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