What are some of Tracey Emin’s favourite works? Musée d’Orsay invites artists to delve into its collection on Instagram

Some of Tracey Emin's selections for the Musée d'Orsay's new Instagram project looking at artists' favourite works in their collection

The artist Tracey Emin has praised Gustave Courbets controversial painting The Origin of the World (1866) as part of an Instagram lockdown project launched by the Musée dOrsay in Paris called "A Week With".

For the project, artists choose a different work every day over a week drawn from the museum's collection. Emin says that Courbets work, which focuses on a womans genitals, is “so sexy… I have been in a lot of trouble for loving this work. I even once said there isnt a heterosexual man in the world that doesnt want to lay his head down there, many women too… this painting is all about female strength.”

Her selection also includes Théophile Alexandre Steinlens Black Cat Rolled in a Ball on a Sofa (1920) because it reminds Emin, known for her installation My Bed (1998), of her late cat Docket who “died peacefully with dignity on my lap, with his little head in my hands”. Another favourite, also by Steinlen (Study of a Woman sat on a Mans Knee) is one of the best “sex drawings” Emin has ever seen. “Frenzied, drunk, intoxicating… it looks good from every angle. Like they are fucking on the floor. Unapologetic with no boundaries. Thats how people should make love, and draw,” Emin writes.

Other participants in the social media project include the South African artist Marlene Dumas who last month chose works by Félix Vallotton (The Ball, 1899), Winslow Homer (Summer Night, 1890) and Rose Bonheur (Ploughing oxes in the Nivernais,1849).

Hans Ulrich Obrist, the artistic director of Londons Serpentine Galleries, chose Georges Seurats Read More – Source