Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Olympia, The Seductress

Olympia, The Seductress
9 x 12 inches 
Oil on wood panel.

Édouard Manet is considered by many to be the father of Impressionism.  In 1863, he painted, Olympia, a nude that was seen by many as scandalous.  What shocked people was not the nudity itself, there had been many other nudes before Manet's, but it was the fact that she seemed so comfortable in her nudity and the intense look directly at the viewer.  That is what I am trying to do with this painting.  Show a lovely woman in a pose that clearly says she is at ease with herself, and willing to look the viewer in the eye.  This work was inspired by a photo of model, Luba Korovina, taken by Russian photographer, Oleg Kosyrev, (http://www.photosight.ru/users/2063/) who graciously allowed me to use it for reference. 

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Olympia, by Ă‰douard Manet