… feminine nude cultivated by Titian, Giorgione, Goya, the odalisque with her black slave by Ingres
found their legitimacy under a mythological cover, allegorical or symbolic
the character of Manet does not meet these criteria:
It is, very clearly, a prostitute who is waiting for his client
... in a crude light, Venus has become a prostitute, challenging the viewer with her calculating look
this profanation of the idealized nude provoked a violent reaction: critics attacked the "yellow-bellied odalisque"