Gustave Courbet (1819-1877)

Gustave Courbet
Gustave Courbet was central to the issue of Realism in the mid-nineteenth century. Eliminating the classical and showy styles of the French Academy, his art insisted on the physical reality of the targets he observed - even if that world was plain and corrupted. A committed Republican, he also saw his Realism as a means to champion the peasants and country folk from his home town. He has long been celebrated for his response to the political uplifts which transfixed France in his life-time, and he would die in exile in Switzerland when he was found trusted for the cost of reconstructing of Paris' Vendome Column. More recently, however, historians have likewise seen his work as an essential prelude to other artists of early contemporaneousness such as Édouard Manet and Claude Monet.

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