Woman with a Parrot

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La Femme au perroquet (Woman with a Parrot)
Woman with a Parrot MET DT43.jpg
ArtistGustave Courbet
MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions129.5 cm × 195.6 cm (51.0 in × 77.0 in)
LocationMetropolitan Museum of Art, New York, United States

La Femme au perroquet (Woman with a Parrot) is an oil painting on canvas by French artist Gustave Courbet. It was the first nude (art) by the artist to be accepted by the Paris Salon in 1866 after a previous entry in 1864 was rejected as indecent. It is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York city.[1]


The painting shows a woman reclining on her back, with a pet parrot alighting on an outstretched hand. While painted in a style to gain Academy acceptance in its pose and smooth flesh tones, the model's discarded clothes and disheveled hair were controversial,[2] although less so than Le Sommeil, painted the same year. Joanna Hiffernan likely posed for both paintings, as she did for others by Courbet.

The work is on view in the Metropolitan Museum's Gallery 811


  1. ^ "Gustav Courbet:Woman with a Parrot". New York: Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. 2008. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
  2. ^ Sorabella, Jean (January 2008). "The Nude in Baroque and Later Art, In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History". New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved 25 October 2012.

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