Olympia by Manet

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Mark Cartwright
by Musée d'Orsay
published on 11 March 2022

The 1863 oil on canvas painting, Olympia, by Edouard Manet (1832-83), the French modernist painter. The painting was exhibited in the 1865 Salon in Paris and shocked the art world for its presentation of a contemporary courtesan fully nude and with an unabashed stare. Her nudity is accentuated by the black choker while the black cat was a known symbol of desire. The figure is Manet’s long-time model Victorine Meurent. Manet employs several innovations: he uses unusual colours, the two figures seem to move towards the viewer, and the composition is given a certain flatness. (Musée d'Orsay, Paris)

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d'Orsay, M. (2022, March 11). Olympia by Manet. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/15389/olympia-by-manet/

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