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Both of these oil paintings are clearly based upon known photographs by Julien Vallou de Villeneuve (1795-1866).
The book by Aaron Scharf Art and Photography (1968) discusses these similarities and landscape paintings by Gustave Courbet that used photographs by Gustave Le Gray and Adolph Braun.
- In L'Atelier (The Artist's Studio) 1855 (Musée d'Orsay) the woman partially concealed by the towel has been copied from a nude study by Villeneuve now in the Biblioteque Nationale (Paris).
- In Les Baigneuses (The Bathers) 1853 (The Musée Fabre, Montpellier) also used a Villeneuve print now in the Biblioteque Nationale (Paris).