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.