Edouard Manet

Olympia (large plate)

Olympia (large plate) by Edouard Manet

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Manet’s painting of Olympia turned Paris into an uproar when it was displayed at the Salon des Refusés in 1865. While it was acceptable to depict contemporary courtesans in the guise of Venus, it was unthinkable to show an identifiable woman, even if given the title of a goddess. The model was Victorine Meurent, whose determined gaze shocked the men who, while perhaps her private clients, did not want it advertised to their wives, mothers and daughters in a public display. (Impressions of Time and Place, 2002)

Title
Olympia (large plate)
Artist/creator
Production date
1867
Medium
etching
Dimensions
132 x 183 mm
Inscription
(Pencil) (l.c.) 3rd state Seven pounds. 5/DL. Olympia. Manet (l.r.) 30. (l.r.) Verso; (ink) 1483 AAG stamp No. 56/107 (c/L). (pencil) 1259 A (l.c.)
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1956
Accession no
1956/25/1
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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