The newsreels are dead. We’ve bored the public for too long. Give me this opportunity and I’ll prove it. But may I say one more thing—you haven’t seen my best yet.
That one was taken just outside of Madrid. They were one of the last to surrender in ‘39. She was running away from her house, leaving everything. A row of men were being executed just behind that door. Amongst them her husband. She… she didn’t look back. I was irritated because I had a camera in my hand and I couldn’t find another film. They were being shot one by one, and all I could think was, I’ve got no bloody film.
Gustave Caillebotte - The Floor Scrapers (1875-6)
Original on top, later version below
"Despite the effort Caillebotte put into the painting, it was rejected by France’s most prestigious art exhibition, The Salon, in 1875. The depiction of working-class people in their trade, not fully clothed, shocked the jurors and was deemed a ‘vulgar subject matter.’
The images of the floor scrapers came to be associated with Degas’s paintings of washerwomen, also presented at the same exhibition and similarly scorned as ‘vulgar’”.