Claude Monet’s Le déjeuner sur l’herbe, inspired by Édouard Manet’s Le déjeuner sur l’herbe
Now back to Manet, whose Olympia wasn’t his only scandalous painting to inspire an homage. Just two years before shocking the bourgeoisie with that image, he unveiled Le déjeuner sur l’herbe — a picture that seems almost as jarring now as it must have been then, its female nude (who is, again, staring at the viewer) picnicking with a pair of fully clothed men. Once again, Manet took cues from Renaissance paintings by the likes of Giorgionne and Titian, while his contemporary, Claude Monet was moved to create a Déjeuner sur l’herbe. While the male guests at Manet’s luncheon are the artist’s brother and brother-in-law, Monet included the painter Gustave Courbet (and some boringly clothed ladies) in his.