The Source 

by Gustave Courbet

This nude is painted in an unflinchingly naturalistic style and is devoid of the trappings of academic allegory to which the painting’s title alludes. Courbet is thought to have intended it as a response to Ingres’s own La Source (1856, Musée d’Orsay, Paris), which was exhibited at the Galerie Martinet, Paris, in 1861. The picture by Ingres depicts an idealized nude holdin...
47 1/4 x 29 1/4 in. (120 x 74.3 cm)
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art