COURBET, Gustave
(b. 1819, Ornans, d. 1877, La Tour-de-Peilz)

Young Ladies by the River Seine

1856-57
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.