Origin of the world

Gustave Courbet might have created a scandal in 1866 with his Origin of The World, an oil on canvas closeup of a woman’s genitals, but more recently, on May 28th, 2014, a young unknown performance artist, Deborah de Robertis created a bigger scandal. She showed up in a gold sequinned dress at the Musée d’Orsay, stretched out in front of the Origin of the World, pulled up her dress, spread her legs and showed her vagina to the world.  There were just a smattering of unsuspecting visitors at first, but thanks to people drawing out their smartphones and catching it on camera, it was the world that got a new glimpse into the Origin of The World. It infuriated many who thought it was exhibitionism on the part of de Robertis, but I think she did Courbet a service. She gave a face to the genitals in the painting and put him back in the spotlight.

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