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Le déjeuner sur l’herbe
Le déjeuner sur l’herbe
Le déjeuner sur l’herbe
Manet, Edouard 1832–1883.

“Le déjeuner sur l’herbe” (Das Frühstück im Freien), 1863.

Öl auf Leinwand, 214 × 270 cm.
R.F. 1668
Paris, Musée d’Orsay.
John and Salome
Tanz der sieben Schleier
Moderne Bohème
Joven descansando
Au Bistro
Kristiana Bohemiens I
Sarah Bernhardt
La Ghirlandata
Bocca Baciata
Algernon Charles Swinburne
Virginia Woolf in a Deckchair
Self Portrait
Coin de table
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The Bohemians
We're feeling very bohemian this month so we thought we would take a look at this glamourous and unconventional group of people - the "hipsters" of their time. Now bohemian style is seen as mainstream, but up until relatively recently there were considered outsiders, refusing to conform to societies rules. The bohemians were poets, artists, musician, and writers, and often led transient lives and due to their professions lived on little money.

The word (as it is used now) originated in early 19th century France in reference to a group of artists who began to concentrate in the poorer neighbourhoods, where traditionally the Romani gypsies lived. The gypsies where often called 'les Bohémiens' and thus the name was transferred to the impoverished artists. Like the Romani gypsies, they lived according to their own moral code and were therefore looked down upon by much of society.

Their style matched this attitude - the men often growing their hair, the women leaving their hair in its natural state, and their clothes reflecting their slightly down-at-heel and transient existence.

Famous bohemians or bohemian groups include Oscar Wilde, Sarah Bernhardt, the Bloomsbury Group, and the Beat poets. Here we celebrate the bohemians with this selections of images from the archive.