Huile en Toile — An Overrated Painting Depicts The Normalcy of Modern Sexism

The Artist’s Studio, 1855 by Gustave Courbet. Musée d’Orsay

“One doesn’t have to operate with great malice to do great harm. The absence of empathy and understanding are sufficient. In fact, a man convinced of his virtue even in the midst of his vice is the worst kind of man.” Charles M. Blow

The experts describe the thematic elements of The Painter’s Studio and personages of the painting that the people on either side of Courbet represent —death, poverty, wealth, Romanticism, art critics, art collectors, a hunter, a priest, a prostitute and a grave digger — a snapshot of Courbet’s story defined by his society.

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The Origin of the World (L’Origine du monde), 1866, Musée d’Orsay, Paris; Le Sommeil (Sleep), 1866, Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris

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