Courbet's infamous model?

February 7 2013

Image of Courbet's infamous model?

Picture: Paris Match

Curious story in The Telegraph and Paris Match about the supposed discovery, in France, of the separated head from Courbet's 'L'Origine Du Monde'. Apparently it's worth £35m. Hmm.

Will try and get more photos (of the head).

Update - more images here, including a pencil drawing of what the whole picture looked like before it was cut down.

Update II - Art History News is officially porn. A reader writes:

You will be delighted to hear that the Bucks County Council schools server has just blocked all access to your website on all school computers (administrative as well as teachers and students) as it contains ‘Profanity’ and ‘Sexual content’ - must be the Paris Match cover of the ‘L’Origine du Monde’ painting – without the strategically placed spot that was printed in today’s Times!

I did think about somehow censoring the image, in deference to AHN's younger readers, but then thought I owed a greater responsibility to Courbet. And in any case, the headline in the Paris Match article just about covers enough for it not to be shocking. But apologies for any embarrassment caused to readers.

Update III - this may yet be another dud discovery story. See my separate post above. But I'm still trying to get a decent photo of the head.

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