Arts & Culture

Woman with a Parrot

Gustave Courbet (French, Ornans 1819–1877 La Tour-de-Peilz)1866

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Galvanized by the success of Cabanel's "Birth of Venus" (Musée d'Orsay, Paris) at the Salon of 1863, Courbet sought to challenge the French Academy on its own terms with a painting of a nude that would be accepted by the increasingly rigid—and arbitrary—Salon jury. His first attempt, in 1864, was rejected on the grounds of indecency; however two years later, his "Woman with a Parrot" was accepted for the Salon of 1866. While aspects of "Woman with a Parrot"—notably, the figure's pose and subtly modeled flesh tones—aligned it with academic art, viewers were shocked by the presence of the model's discarded clothing and disheveled hair. Jules-Antoine Castagnary, Courbet's great defender, however, praised the artist for representing a "woman of our time."



  • Название: Woman with a Parrot
  • Дата создания: 1866
  • Фактические размеры: w1956 x h1295 mm
  • Тип: Paintings
  • Внешняя ссылка: MMA
  • Техника: Oil on canvas
  • provenance extent: Complete
  • provenance: the artist (until 1870; sold in spring for Fr 15,000 to Bordet); Jules Bordet, Dijon (1870–98; deposited at Durand-Ruel, Paris, on February 2, 1895, deposit no. 8623; deposited at Durand-Ruel, New York, on November 4, 1895, deposit no. 5358; sold on April 30, 1898, for Fr 20,000 to Durand-Ruel); [Durand-Ruel, New York, 1898; stock no. 1994; sold on April 30, for $12,000 to Havemeyer]; Mr. and Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, New York (1898–his d. 1907); Mrs. H. O. (Louisine W.) Havemeyer, New York (1907–d. 1929; cat., 1931, pp. 76–77, ill.)
  • medium extent: Complete
  • inscription extent: Complete
  • inscription: Signed and dated (lower left): .66 / Gustave.Courbet.
  • description extent: Complete
  • credit line extent: Complete
  • credit line: H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
  • Artist: Gustave Courbet (French, Ornans 1819–1877 La Tour-de-Peilz)

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