Controversial paintings

  Love ancient paintings that, at the time they were painted, sparked public notoriety and controversy.  Here are some examples:

The toilet of Venus, Velazquez, 1651

Le dejeuner sur l’herbe, Edouard Manet,  1863

L’origine du monde, Gustave Courbet, 1866


3 thoughts on “Controversial paintings

    • You are is incredible how 150 years later ” The origin of the world” has still this incredible power to shock.. So contemporary! Somehow It reminds me of the Mies Pavillion in Barcelona…built in 1939…it could have been built today…

      • Absolutely! Not encountered the Mies Pavilion before but taking a look it’s hard to believe it’s over 70 years old – funny how some things can seem dated after a mere matter of months/years, while others can retain a ‘youth’ after decades or even centuries

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