(b. 1819, Ornans, d. 1877, La Tour-de-Peilz)
Young Ladies by the River Seine1856-57
Oil on canvas, 174 x 206 cm
Musée du Petit Palais, Paris
A scene of leisure and relaxation on the banks of the Seine, the picture shows two young Second Empire ladies, weary, inactive, provocative and liable to all kinds of sexual interpretation. Courbet paid particular attention to the details of their clothes.