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I believe Manet’s main objectivefor painting was to shock his audience and Olympia was no exception; assuggested in the reading, viewers at the Salon of 1865 were disturbed by herclass, they did not consider her to be a courtesan because her stocky body wasmore characteristic of the working class; her gaze as opposed to Titian’sReclining Nude was very direct as if awaiting a current customer’s approach. Ido not believe that Manet’s painting would have the same impact on viewers todaybecause today’s society is subject to much more vulgarity and obscenity thanManet’s paintings possessed. (Sayre, 1000-1001)

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