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Gustave Courbet
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Gustave Courbet


: 31 December 1877


  • Jean Désiré Gustave Courbet was a French painter who led the Realist movement in 19th-century French painting
When did Gustave Courbet die? / Died31 December 1877

Gustave Courbet facts

  • Committed to painting only what he could see, he rejected academic convention and the Romanticism of the previous generation of visual artists
  • His independence set an example that was important to later artists, such as the Impressionists and the Cubists
  • Courbet occupies an important place in 19th-century French painting as an innovator and as an artist willing to make bold social statements through his work
  • Courbet's paintings of the late 1840s and early 1850s brought him his first recognition
  • They challenged convention by depicting unidealized peasants and workers, often on a grand scale traditionally reserved for paintings of religious or historical subjects
  • Courbet's subsequent paintings were mostly of a less overtly political character: landscapes, seascapes, hunting scenes, nudes and still lifes
  • He was imprisoned for six months in 1871 for his involvement with the Paris Commune, and lived in exile in Switzerland from 1873 until his death
  • I am fifty years old and I have always lived in freedom; let me end my life free; when I am dead let this be said of me: 'He belonged to no school, to no church, to no institution, to no academy, least of all to any régime except the régime of liberty
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