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The magazine claimed that the painting, which now belongs to a man it calls “John”, could be worth 40 million euros if the claim proves to be true.
But the museum trashed the claim by Courbet expert Jean-Jacques Fernier as “fantasy”.
Other art critics have laid into Fernier’s claim.
“The stylistic proximity is dubious,” sniffs Le Monde’s art critic Philippe Dagen, adding that the model would have had to have “very low breasts – or a very high throat – and a spine of rare suppleness” to adopt the pose shown in Paris-Match’s reconstitution of the work.