Gustave Courbet : Unsentimental Realism Paperback
Part of the Taschen Basic Art Series series
"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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 96 pages, Illustrations (chiefly col.), ports. (some col.)
- Publisher: Taschen GmbH
- Publication Date: 23/11/2006
- Category: History of art & design styles: c 1800 to c 1900
- ISBN: 9783822856833