Historian Identifies Sitter of Courbet’s “Origin of the World”

October 2nd, 2018

Courbet, via NYTA French research claims he has identified the sitter of Courbet’s Origin of the World, claiming withe near certainty that the painting is of Constance Quéniaux, a dancer at the Paris Opera. “My only contribution was to make this object a subject,” says historian Claude Schopp. “Now she’s something else besides flesh. I wanted to restore a person.”

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