GUSTAVE
COURBET
(1819-1877)
 
G.Courbet: Autorretrato.
Gustave Courbet, Selfportrait.

  • A sweet revolutionary.
     
         I am courbetist; my painting is the only worthy thing; I am the first and the only one ahead in my time. I have been accused of vanity. Of course, I am the most free and proud man on earth. These words by Courbet himself are eloquent enough to persuade us that this artist had serious troubles to be accepted. Nevertheless he had no problem to be seen as a leader: the leader of french Realism.
     
         His painting raised important polemics because of his choosing of too common topics. He had to wait until the system of juries for being admited at Salon was abolished. He offered an exhibition parallel to Universal Exhibition. The Workshop stood out between his works. During the Comuna in 1871 was director of Arts.
     
     
  • Outstanding works:
     
    G. Courbet: El entierro en Ornans, c.1849-1850. G. Courbet, Burial in Ornans, c.1849-1850, oil on canvas, 314 x 663 cm, Musée d´Orsay, Paris.
    With comment.
    G. Courbet: El taller del pintor, 1855. G. Courbet, Painter's Workshop, 1855, oil on canvas, 361 x 598 cm, Musée d´Orsay, Paris.
    With comment.
    G. Courbet: Buenos días, señor Courbet, 1854. G. Courbet, Good Morning, Mr. Courbet, 1854, oil on canvas, Musée Fabre, Montpellier.
    With comment.
    G. Courbet: Jóvenes a orillas del Sena, c.1856-1857. G. Courbet, Young People at Sena's Side, c.1856-1857, oil on canvas, Musée du Petit Palais, Paris.
    With comment.
    G. Courbet: La siesta, 1866. G. Courbet, The Siesta, 1866, oil on canvas, Musée du Petit Palais, Paris.
    With comment.
    G. Courbet: Mujer en las olas, 1866. G. Courbet, Woman on the Waves, 1866,65 x 54 cm, oil on canvas, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
    G. Courbet: La fuente, 1868. G. Courbet, The Spring, 1868, 128 x 97 cm, oil on canvas, Musee d'Orsay, Paris.
    G. Courbet: Las bañistas. G. Courbet, The Bathers, 1853, 227 x 193 cm, oil on canvas, Musee Fabre, Montpellier.
    G. Courbet: Las bañistas. G. Courbet, Trout, 1872, 55 x 89 cm, oil on canvas, Kunsthaus, Zurich.

    Written by:
    Beatriz Aragonés Escobar.
    Licenciada in History of Art


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