Deborah de Robertis and Courbet (NSFW)

Gustave Courbet‘s L’origine du monde is arguably the quintessential example of the male gaze in art history.

The reaction to Deborah de Robertis’s performance art in the Musée d’Orsay powerfully shows our double standard regarding censorship in public behavior and the canon of fine art.  More details are available in English here, and there is also an interview with the performance artist in French.