Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe

Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe (Luncheon on the Grass) — Édouard Manet, 1863

The painting was incredibly notorious in its time for its depiction of a casually nude woman sitting with clothed men. Idealised nudes were fine in mythology, but a present-day naked lady with realistic belly rolls, coolly looking back at the artist? That was not okay!

Funny thing, like his later and equally notorious Olympia, Manet drew clear inspiration from Renaissance masterpieces, though cheekily tweaked—not the first or the last to remix previous works in this manner.

15 May 2022

  • Camera: ILCE-7M3
  • Aperture: f/2.8
  • Focal length: 28mm
  • ISO: 640
  • Shutter: 1/30 s

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