Artwork of the Week: October 5

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Thomas Couture (French, 1815–1879), Alice Ozy, oil on canvas, about 1855. 43 5/8 x 33 1/8 in. Gallery 32

This fall, Artwork of the Week celebrates the Museum’s “Season of Portraiture.”

Born Justine Pilloy, Alice Ozy (1820–1893) became a well-known Music Hall actress in Paris. She also became a famous, wealthy courtesan, counting among her ardent admirers such French luminaries as artist Gustave Doré, writer Victor Hugo, and Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte, nephew of Napoleon and future Emperor of the French. In this intimate scene, Thomas Couture presents Ozy as a modern-day Venus seated at her dressing table combing her long hair. Couture was an important teacher to a number of forward-looking artists in the mid-1800s, most notably Édouard Manet.

One Response to “Artwork of the Week: October 5”

  1. Margaret Canino says:

    Dare I say that the fingers are a mess…still love looking at her though..Thanks

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