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Horror of the Morgue!

In Critics, Olympia's Degradation, The Black Cat on May 11, 2010 at 4:27 pm

V. de Jonkevitz in Salon de 1865, May 21st, 1865:

The expression on the face is that of a premature and vicious creature ; the body, the colour of which reminds one of meat that has hung for too long, is reminiscent of the horror of the Morgue. A hideous negress dressed in pink is holding on her side the bouquet of a doubtful allegory, whilst a black cat arching his back comes and prints the unequivocal trace of the place in which he treaded with his paws on the sheet.

Olympia called the Hottentot Venus & morgue-like again…

In Courtesan & Prostitute, Critics, Olympia's Degradation, The Black Cat on May 11, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Caricature of Saartjie Baartman, called the "Hottentot Venus"

Critic Geronte writes, May 21st, 1865:

That Hottentot Venus with a black cat, exposed completely naked on her bed like a corpse on the counters of the morgue, this Olympia from the rue Mouffetard [a notorious haunt of prostitution at the time], dead of yellow fever and already arrived at an advanced state of decomposition.

Olympia’s cat becomes famous in caricatures

In Caricatures, The Black Cat on May 11, 2010 at 2:50 pm

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Bertall depicts Olympia as needing a bath

In Caricatures, Critics, Olympia's Degradation, The Black Cat on May 11, 2010 at 5:41 am

In Journal Amusant, May 27, 1865

Manette, or the wife of the “ebeniste” by Manet. (The French word for cabinet-maker is derived from ebony.) How like a bouquet of flowers. (Popular song) This picture by Monsieur Manet is the flower of the exhibition.  M. Courbet is outdistanced by the over-all length of the famous black cat. – The great colorist has chosen to depict this lady just when she is about to take a highly necessary bath.