‘September Morn’ - Paul Chabas
“Art can never exist without naked beauty displayed.”
- William Blake
This particular naked beauty, September Morn (“Matinee de Septembre”) by French painter Paul Chabas, caused such a scandal in the States in 1913 that prints of it sold in the millions –- and not just prints, but calendars, postcards, candy boxes, cigar bands, cigarette flannels, pennants, suspenders, bottle openers, and more -- making it one of the most famous and popular paintings of the twentieth century.
The full story of the success du scandal is told here.