The implicit allegorical reference to the painting "Le Déjeuner sur l'Herbe" by Édouard Manet, created in 1862 and 1863, was a popular theme and leitmotif used by many contemporary artists of this period. Manet's painting was a huge success, despite its historic and pastoral overtones and allusions to works by Titian (c.1487–1576) and Giorgione (c.1476–1510). Controversy was caused by the juxtaposition of a nude woman with a pair of clothed men seated in a landscape.
Lee Miller: Model, muse, photographer, artist, war correspondent. Born: 23 April 1907, Poughkeepsie, New York, USA. Died: 21 July 1977, Farley Farm House, Muddles Green, Chiddingly, East Sussex, England. Courtesy of Lee Miller Archive.