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Apollonie Sabatier, courtesan, muse and bohémienne as Woman, bitten by a snake in Auguste Clésinger's sculpture; she reclines naked

Apollonie Sabatier, courtesan, muse and bohémienne as Woman, bitten by a snake in Auguste Clésinger’s sculpture (now in the Musée d’Orsay, Paris)

You might be wondering why on earth I’ve posted yet another picture of a naked woman, and bothered to name her and link to her as well. It’s because not only was she an important woman of the time, hosting a salon where she met and mixed with nearly all the French artists contemporary to her and entered works for the Paris Salon and the Salon des Refusés, but also one of Charles Baudelaire’s mistresses and inspirations for Les Fleurs du Mal.

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