Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1998
Not on view
This corner of a painter’s atelier somewhere in France in the middle of the nineteenth century is scarcely tethered to time or place; it could as easily be a loft in New York today or, had photography existed four centuries earlier, a studio in the Italian Renaissance. What is surprising here is the absence of even the thinnest disguise—no swags of drapery, elaborate coiffure, or skeins of beads as are commonly found in the work of other purveyors of "studies for artists." Here, the model is utterly naked. With her intelligent head and dirty feet, this young woman helped found the matter-of-fact modeling sorority joined a decade later by Édouard Manet’s Olympia.
Inscription: Dealer's notations in pencil on print, recto, bottom right edge: "N1112J", "3"
[Léon Herschtritt, Paris]; [Charles Isaacs, Malvern, Pennsylvania], by 1998
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Photographs: A Decade of Collecting," June 5, 2001–September 4, 2001.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Naked before the Camera," March 27, 2012–September 9, 2012.