This Painting Might Just Be the First Work of Modern Art

Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe (1863) by Édouard Manet. Oil on canvas. Musée d’Orsay, Paris. Image source Wikimedia Commons

Take a moment to consider what one enraged art critic once said of this painting:

“The nude hasn’t a good figure, unfortunately, and one can’t think of anything uglier than the man stretched out next to her, who hasn’t even thought of taking off, out of doors, his horrid…

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