Title

Nothing is Sexier than Our Origins

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Gustave Courbet was an innovative painter who challenged what the French Academy deemed appropriate for paintings. Even though it is intended as a private commission, Courbet’s Origin of the World seems to be an attack on what is appropriate to depict in painting. This paper will argue that Courbet’s depictions of woman are not only beautiful, but address the roles of woman during his time. Looking at sources of social philosophers of his time and his own words, via his letters, will lead to a more in depth understanding of what these sensual images of woman could mean.

Comments

Art History Session 3: Art in Context: Reexamining Art with the Period Eye
Mentor: Dr. Anne H. Muraoka

Location

Learning Commons @ Perry Library, Room 1306

Start Date

18-2-2017 11:30 AM

End Date

18-2-2017 12:30 PM

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Feb 18th, 11:30 AM Feb 18th, 12:30 PM

Nothing is Sexier than Our Origins

Learning Commons @ Perry Library, Room 1306

Gustave Courbet was an innovative painter who challenged what the French Academy deemed appropriate for paintings. Even though it is intended as a private commission, Courbet’s Origin of the World seems to be an attack on what is appropriate to depict in painting. This paper will argue that Courbet’s depictions of woman are not only beautiful, but address the roles of woman during his time. Looking at sources of social philosophers of his time and his own words, via his letters, will lead to a more in depth understanding of what these sensual images of woman could mean.