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Best Of 2018 – Constance Quéniaux – the face of “The Origin of the World” at the BnF


It is the most famous female sex in the world. It is immortalized by Courbet in his painting: The Origin of the World. This sex has a face today; that of Constance Quéniaux; “The origin of the world, life of the model”, Claude Schopp’s book to be published by Éditions Phébus reveals the name of the model that Gustave Courbet would have used for his famous painting. A major discovery for the history of art that was made in part thanks to the collections of the BnF and the expertise of Sylvie Aubenas, director of the department of Prints and […]

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