Origin of the World

Courbet’s “Origin of the World” is one of the strongest nudes in European painting. Even recently it was censored on Facebook and other public media. It is often reinterpreted by contemporary artists. Her directness cannot leave us indifferent.
Courbet’s painting was commissioned by a male collector, intended to male viewers, with a male way of looking at the subject. I wanted turn this image into a not voyeuristic view of the female body. The structure of the composition is reminiscent of Courbet ‘s painting. However the position evokes the reality of a gynecological examination. The sensual pleasure that we find in Courbet’s original is absent. The dark atmosphere, the biblical inscription on the chest, the image format, all these elements form my intention of reaching beyond Courbet’s intention.

 

  Gustave Courbet (1819-1877)   The Origin of the World   1866   Oil on canvas

Gustave Courbet (1819-1877)
The Origin of the World
1866
Oil on canvas

 And I saw the women drunk with the blood of the saints… (after Courbet) оil on linen | 280 x 200 cm | 2015

And I saw the women drunk
with the blood of the saints… (after Courbet)
оil on linen | 280 x 200 cm | 2015