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photo:Gustave Courbet
Sleeping Nude

  • Gustave Courbet
  • 1819 - 1877
  • Sleeping Nude
  • 1858
  • Oil on canvas 50 x 64 cm
  • Signed and dated lower left: .. 58 Gustave Courbet
  • P.1996-1
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"Sleeping Nude" is regarded as belonging to the Venetian genealogy of "the nude in a landscape" dating as far back as Giorgione and Titian. However, in this case, the reality of the private view of a nude in her boudoir is emphasized by the woman being placed in front of a window through which a view of the artist's hometown, Franche-Comte. Consequently, the viewer is made strongly aware that he or she is peeping into a private space, a bedroom in which a nude woman is sleeping.

(Source: The Digital Gallery. 1999-2006)

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