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

The Bathers

Oil on canvas, 227 x 193 cm
Musée Fabre, Montpellier

The picture illustrates a theme of nude bathing much taken up by the classical painters. But its opulent, baroque vision offered an alternative to academic paintings well before Manet showed his model Victorine Meurent in Déjeuner sur l'herbe (1863).