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Olympia (Manet)

Painting by Édouard Manet / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Olympia is a 1863 oil painting by Édouard Manet, depicting a nude woman ("Olympia") lying on a bed being attended to by a black maid. The French government acquired the painting in 1890 after a public subscription organized by Claude Monet. The painting is currently on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, on loan from the Musée d'Orsay, Paris.

Quick facts: Olympia, Artist, Year, Medium, Dimensions...
ArtistÉdouard Manet
MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions130.5 cm × 190 cm (51.4 in × 74.8 in)
LocationMusée d'Orsay, Paris

The subject of Olympia was modeled by Victorine Meurent, while Olympia's servant by Laure. Olympia's confrontational gaze caused shock and controversy when the painting was first exhibited at the 1865 Paris Salon, especially because a number of details in the picture identified her as a prostitute.

The title of the painting is generally attributed to Manet's close friend Zacharie Astruc, an art critic and artist, since an excerpt from one of Astruc's poems was included in the catalogue entry along with Olympia when it was first exhibited in 1865.[1]

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