Gustave Courbet : Unsentimental Realism, Paperback

Gustave Courbet : Unsentimental Realism Paperback

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"I maintain," stated Gustave Courbet (1819-1877), "that painting is clearly a concrete art whose existence lies only in the representation of real and existing objects..." Courbet, who influenced and advised the fledgling Impressionists, was an outstanding representative of a naturalistic realism that highlights the contradictions and inequities in society.

Revolutionary were Courbet's style, with dark hues and heavy brushstrokes, and choice of subject - depictions the life of plain people treated in an unsentimental, down to earth manner.

His influence was enormous during his lifetime; he was offered the cross of the Legion of Honor in 1872 but he refused it.

A man always at odds with authority, be it artistic or political, Courbet became a member of the Paris Commune and was briefly imprisoned and forced to flee to Switzerland for the final years of his life.

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