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Artist Gets Charged For Tagging Gustave Courbet’s ‘Origin Of The World’

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With art often speaking louder than words, French-Luxembourgish artist Deborah de Robertis has taken a stand, or rather, a spray can—albeit at a cost. In May, she sprayed the hashtag “#MeToo” on five pieces of art, including the infamous 19th-century painting L’Origine du Monde (The Origin of the World) by Gustave Courbet. This audacious act took place while the artwork, known for its explicit depiction in Western art of the 19th century, was on display at the Centre Pompidou in Metz, having been loaned from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

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