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Édouard Manet was an innovative artist ahead of his time that dwelled between Realism and Impressionism. Born in January of 1832 in Paris, France, he was a child of the famous and renowned judge August Manet, married with a noblewoman named Eugénie-Desirée Fournier, granddaughter of the Swedish Prince Charles Bernadotte.
Édouard had a very prolific career and is considered one of the fathers of Impressionism. With brush strokes considered sloppy and not refined, Manet was known for using a good amount of black in his paintings, and the reduction of details and transitional tones.
Inspired by the Venus of Urbino from Tiziano Vecelli, also known as Titian, Manet painted this magnificent work of art to be displayed at the Paris Salon in 1865. Being overly criticized by public opinion during the salon, Édouard replicated the classic pose adding many controversial details.
Portrayed as a demimondaine woman or prostitute, the goddess Olympia is in her customary pose, laying in an untidy bed with white sheets and a red mattress. Below her, an oriental shawl symbolizes sexuality and wealth. Other things in the painting identify her as a more worldly and sexualized person. She is completely naked, while her servant is fully clothed. The main character uses an orchid in her hair, common in sex workers from the XIX century, bracelet and earrings, and a black ribbon on her neck, showing that she was ready to receive a client and not just resting.
This painting outraged his contemporary viewers. With the lack of transition between colors, Manet's trademark, Olympia is drawn with her left hand covering her private parts, which were interpreted as the model waiting for payment. On the right corner, there is a black cat, another symbol of prostitution, replacing the dog, which symbolizes fidelity. The maid holds a bouquet, with an expression indicating she just received this gift for her master, which is being ignored.
But the most iconic and impressive trait from this painting is the fact that she is gazing at the viewer's direction in a confrontational, challenging, and sexual way. The shocked audience almost savaged the masterpiece, saved by precautions taken by the curators of the saloon. In 1890, the canvas was acquired by the French government, and it is currently housed at the Musée d'Orsay, in Paris.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Olympia 1863, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Olympia 1863 that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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