He was dedicated to presenting his independent style in art as he steered clear of the traditional art techniques during his time. In fact, his unique styles became a source of inspiration among the cubists and impressionists.
Before you invest hundreds of dollars in an authentication investigation, consider our Preliminary Opinion service. Born into a wealthy farming family, he went to Paris to study law but finally decided to study art. Realism was a reaction to Romanticism and sought to show life as it really was, rather than romanticized idealist visions.
Gustave was determined in his art to portray ordinary places and people. He was a socialist and did not want to shy away from showing how life really was for some of the peasant population.
He believed that art had a social and political role to play. He thought it could help eradicate social imbalances and make people aware of the injustices in Society. Later on in life his socialist leanings were to bring him a lot of trouble.
His first two paintings dealt with Literary subjects, but he quickly moved onto what he believed to be his true calling in art, painting life as it really was.
He painted landscapes, portraits, nudes and still life as well as a number of seascapes. His first canvas to be accepted by the Salon was a self-portrait entitled 'Courbet with a Black dog'. A trip to the Netherlands in to see some paintings by the Masters there, only served to instill in him a determination to show the reality of everyday life.
He admired greatly the works of Rembrandt, Hal and the other Dutch Masters. Pierre Joseph Proudhon et Ses Enfants en Portrait of Countess Karoly, Two separate visits to visit his family in Ornans served as inspiration for two of his masterpieces.
The first painting produced in is entitled 'The Stone-Breakers' and the second in entitled 'Burial at Ornans' depicts what he saw at his Great Uncle's Funeral in Ornans. The people at the funeral were used as his models and this was a new technique in painting of the day which caused some controversy at the time.
His style which showed people in everyday situations such as at work or at funerals contrasted greatly with the style of Romantic painters such as Eugene Delacroix.
Speaking about his painting, 'The Burial at Ornans,' he said, 'the Burial at Ornans was in reality the burial of Romanticism'. The Burial at Ornans, He frequently returned to Ornans where the peasant community was an inspiration for his art. Gustave Courbet was a rebel, and in when a huge canvas entitled 'The Artist's Studio' was refused for an important exhibition, he boldly arranged for it to be displayed himself.
The Artist His politics were intrinsically related to his art and in whilst speaking of his art he said, "… in our so very civilized society it is necessary for me to live the life of a savage.
I must be free of even governments. The people have my sympathies; I must address myself to them directly. They caused an outcry and were banned from public display. He refused the Legion of Honour which was offered to him by Napoleon III and immediately won the popular support of those that were opposed to the Government of the day.
Under the revolutionary Paris Commune he was put in charge of the art museums of Paris and saved them from being looted.
However, after the fall of the Commune he was arrested and accused of the destruction of the Vendome Column, a French monument. He was imprisoned for six months and afterwards was given a huge fine to cover the reconstruction of the column. He was unable to pay the fine and fled to Switzerland where he later died from liver disease, related to alcohol consumption.
He is the undisputed French master of the Realist school and as such his paintings are worth a great deal of money.Courbet rejected academic painting and its smooth, idealized nudes, but he also directly recriminated the hypocritical social conventions of the Second Empire, where eroticism and even pornography were acceptable in mythological paintings.
Courbet’s popular Salon entry, Woman with a Parrot (fig. 3), also corresponds to our painting; the concept of a sensual woman, reclining on crumpled white drapery was obviously a winning formula for Courbet, as he repeated it several times in the s. Reclining Semi Nude (Nude Half-Length) Pierre-Auguste Renoir • XIX-XX cent.
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Paris, , pp. –42, , , , , , no. 56, ill., notes the relation of this work to "Venus and Psyche" (F); describes the Hermitage study (F) as the first idea for this painting but reproduces another painting of a reclining nude (F; Museum Mesdag, The Hague) as a study.
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