Woman Bitten by a Serpent  

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Femme piquée par un serpent[1] (Woman Bitten by a Snake, 1847) is a sculpture by Auguste Clésinger, today in Musée d'Orsay. Its model was Apollonie Sabatier.


At the 1847 Salon, Auguste Clésinger created a sensation with his Woman bitten by a serpent, produced from life-casts from his model Apollonie Sabatier (the pose being particularly suitable for such a method), thus reinforcing the scandal with an erotic dimension. Apppolonie Sabatier was a salonnière and the mistress of Charles Baudelaire and others. The sculpture's beauty was praised by Théophile Gautier:

"Clésinger has resolved this problem of making beauty without cuteness, without affectation, without mannerism, with a head and a body of our own time, in which can be recognised his mistress if she is beautiful"

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