Courbet was known as
a successful leader of the Realist school of painting. He was considered
influential in the contemporary reality of landscape open air paintings.
Courbet was inspired and influenced by Spanish art and by the 17th
century portraits of Holland.
Courbet was accused
of painting ugly-- La Femme au Chien is an example of "painting
ugly". His paintings included scenes of proverty and peasant
life. He influenced Edouard Manet and James McNeill Whistler's early
career as a painter.
In one painting, Un
Enterrement a Ornans, he sketched over fifty native people in
villages during autumn. The theme of this painting was a funeral.
Courbet maintained his style of realism on a monumental scale.
Millet and Courbet were both considered anthropologists of disappearing
rural life. A dream of Courbet's was to decorate the railway stations
In 1871 he was appointed
President of the Art Commission. His first duty was to demolish
the Napoleonic column in Place Vendome. Later, after seventy two
days, he lost his political power and was put in prison. Two years
later, he was released due to bad health and moved to Switzerland.
He died, while in exile
in Switzerland, in 1877.
Paintings by Gustave
- L'Homme Blesse -
- Un Enterrement a
Ornans - 1849/50
Painter's Studio; A Real Allegory - 1855
- Le Rut du printemps
Combat de cerfs - 1861
- Femme au chien -
- Madame Proudhon -
- Remise de chevreuils
au ruisseau de Plaisir-Fontaine - 1866
Hallali du Cerf - 1869
- The Stormy Sea or
The Wave - 1870
- La Falaise d'Etretat
apres l'orage - 1870
- The Stone Breakers