Lady Godiva (1892) by Lord Leighton
Later, and rather surprisingly, Salvador Dali had a go at the subject a couple of times.
Lady Godiva (1982) by Slavador Dali
Lefebvre in his studio
La Verite (1870)
During his time in Rome he painted his fiorst female nude (in 1863). On his return to Paris his approach to painting was transformed and he started to work much more from life. His reclining nude exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1868 was much praised.
Mary Magdalen in the Grotto (1876)
In the 1870s he became a teacher at the Academie Julien where he insisted on absolute precision in life drawing from his students.
One of his most celebrated paintings was La Cigale (the grasshoper). Whilst this may look like a picture of a rather grumpy looking girl it was based on the Aesop fable The Grasshopper and the Ant where the grasshopper spends all summer dancing and singing whilst the ant prepares for the winter. When the winter arrives the grasshopper is cold, hungry and unprepared.
The girl is the grasshopper suddenly realising her folly. The picture was painted just after the Franco-Prussian War and was an allegorical attack on Napoleon III whose unpreparedness led to the disaster of the Paris Commune uprising in 1871.
Lefebvre painted two more versions of it as miniatures.