Thomas Levy-Lasne is a French painter who mainly paints people in different, sometimes rather shocking situation. Teenager kissing at the party, nude pregnant women, gay men hugging each other, an old man lying on his death-bed and more – these are all the topics of his paintings. In one of his paintings he depicted people at the gallery looking at the Courbet’s painting “Sleep”, where two naked women fell asleep at each others embrace. Gustave Courbet is one of the most scandalous painter in the whole history of art, particularly because of the provocative topics of his works ( Origin of the world).
I would say that the fact that Thomas used the Courbet’s painting as a subject matter tells us that the artist wanted to use this symbol as proclamation of the free spirit that was so typical for Courbet.