Edouard Manet painted Luncheon on the Grass – Le Bain (The Bath) â€“ in 1862-63. Its composition, which features a nude female in the company of fully dressed males, was highly controversial when it was first displayed at the Salon des Refuges in Paris. The female figures are a combination of Manetâ€™s wife, Susanne Leenhoff, and his favorite model Victorine meurent, while the males are his brother Eugene Monet and future brother-in-law Ferdinand Leenhoff. Both men are dressed as dandies as they casually converse, seemingly ignoring the naked woman.
Luncheon on the Grass is considered Manetâ€™s greatest work. The original painting is today in the collection of the Musee dâ€™Orsay in Paris.
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