Auguste Clésinger, Bacchante (1848)
Again, Clésinger models a woman with a large bust, not the neat hemispheres of the classical approach, complete with erect nipples. The ruffled material of her carelessly discarded dress caresses her pubic mound.
Pierre-Alexandre Schoenewerk, Young Tarentine (1871)
Although Schoenewerk was French his parents were German and so he was barred from competing at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. He began his career in the studios of Henri-Joseph-François, Baron de Triqueti and David d’Angers and exhibited plaster religious and biblical pieces at the Paris Salon between 1841 and 1847. It is no coincidence that in 1848, the year after Clésinger's Woman Bitten by a Snake was exhibited, he turned to mildly erotic mythological subjects. Young Tarentine depicts the drowned body of a girl from the poem of the same name by André Chénier.
In a way Clésinger's work, with its accurate depiction of a contemporary body and its complex and arousing pose is a precursor of the contorted figures of Rodin and is more influential than is generally recognised today.