All of us who work at the Getty are pretty lucky; after all, we spend our days around great art and great people. For Thanksgiving, I asked several folks who’ve blogged on the Iris over the past year to name… 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.