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GUSTAVE COURBET (French / 1819-1877)

Jean Désiré Gustave Courbet was, with Millet, the leading Realist painter in 19th-century France. In his rebellious attitudes, and deep social and political concerns, Gustave Courbet redefined the artist's role. His socialist beliefs, played out in the Paris Commune of 1871, in which Courbet was able to preserve the Paris museums from looting, caused him to end his life in exile in Switzerland, faced with crippling fines. But as he said, "I have always lived my life 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 regime except the regime of liberty.'" Courbet himself was no printmaker, producing a single lithograph and a single etching, but he authorised a number of interpretative etchings of his paintings.

See also:

PHILIPPE AUGUSTE CATTELAIN
CAMILLE JEAN-BAPTISTE COROT
CHARLES-FRANÇOIS DAUBIGNY

Selected prints by GUSTAVE COURBET

La Vague, 1895
Etching
Femme couchée, 1878
Etching •SOLD
Le château d'Ornans, 1878
Etching

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