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Gustave Courbet: La dame au podoscaphe (1965)

In an unfinished painting from 1865, Gustave Courbet painted a daring woman navigating a newfangled vessel on the open sea. A “dame au podoscaphe” was an unheard­of subject for a painting at the time, and its composition and palette were forerunners of Impressionism. But the most important thing is that Courbet introduced the idea of novelty as the norm for artistic relevance. 

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