l'origine du monde (the origin of the world) / so when will the "grey" series continue? / by Philip Tarlow

5:14 pm: another sunset show. the eastern and souther skies at 4:42 pm.

DETAIL: grey 4, 56x68" mixed media on canvas

4:09 pm: if you follow my blog, you know that i've been dealing with a very persistant flu for a couple of weeks now. one day i'll wake up feeling better, thinking, "ah-h-h-, today's the day i can get back to work on my grey series paintings." but when i get to my studio, the energy is simply not there. i feel tired, achy and a heaviness in my chest. so i just have to be patient. in the mean time, i'm putting my attention on the final 10 days of actionlab editing. actionlab, if you haven't read about it in my posts, is our educational product, originally funded by the national geographic society, designed to foster student driven learning through project based learning. it's a startup company, which we've been working on for about 5 years and is just now ready for testing in a number of colorado middle and high schools. i'm helping edit the extensive curriculum. a painstaking job, but one i love a lot. 

l'origine du monde:

According to postcard sales, L'Origine du monde is the second most popular painting in the Musée d'Orsay, in Paris.

In October 2011, a complaint was lodged against Facebook with the Tribunal de grande instance de Paris (Paris court of general jurisdiction) by a French Facebook user after his profile was disabled for showing a picture of l'origine du monde.                           from the musee d'orsay web site:

The almost anatomical description of female sex organs is not attenuated by any historical or literary device. Yet thanks to Courbet's great virtuosity and the refinement of his amber colour scheme, the painting escapes pornographic status. This audacious, forthright new language had nonetheless not severed all links with tradition: the ample, sensual brushstrokes and the use of colour recall Venetian painting and Courbet himself claimed descent from Titian and Veronese, Correggio and the tradition of carnal, lyrical painting.