Gustave Courbet, ‘Marée basse en Normandie’, 1865-1869, Painting, Oil on canvas, Gallery 19C
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Gustave Courbet

Marée basse en Normandie, 1865-1869

Oil on canvas
12 3/4 × 16 1/8 in
32.4 × 41 cm
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Beverly Hills
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Gallery 19C
Beverly Hills

"When it comes to water - he's the Raphael of water. He knows all its movements, whether …

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Gustave Courbet
French, 1819–1877
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Iconoclastic and influential Realist painter Gustave Courbet is often regarded as the 19th century’s pioneering artist. Courbet rejected academic traditionalism and bourgeois convention, seeking conflict both artistically and socially with an aim to, as he has said, “change the public’s taste and way of seeing.” Instead of idealizing his subjects like his Romanticist contemporaries, he dedicated himself to showing things as they are, bluntly addressing themes like rural poverty, as in The Stone Breakers (1849), and human sexuality; his erotically portrayed nudes were received with scandal and even police attention. Courbet also emphasized the painting process, visible brush and palette work displacing the customarily seamless varnished canvas. Younger artists including Édouard Manet and James McNeill Whistler, among many others, enthusiastically adopted these technical liberties. By exhibiting independently of the government-sponsored Paris Salon, Courbet paved the way for upcoming avant-garde movements, particularly Impressionism.

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"When it comes to water - he's the Raphael of water. He knows all its movements, whether deep or shallow, at every time of day." - Édouard Manet on Courbet's seascapes

Starting in 1865, Courbet made many visits to the Normandy coast and seascapes became one of his favorite subjects. He was introduced …

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Gustave Courbet
French, 1819–1877
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Iconoclastic and influential Realist painter Gustave Courbet is often regarded as the 19th century’s pioneering artist. Courbet rejected academic traditionalism and bourgeois convention, seeking conflict both artistically and socially with an aim to, as he has said, “change the public’s taste and way of seeing.” Instead of idealizing his subjects like his Romanticist contemporaries, he dedicated himself to showing things as they are, bluntly addressing themes like rural poverty, as in The Stone Breakers (1849), and human sexuality; his erotically portrayed nudes were received with scandal and even police attention. Courbet also emphasized the painting process, visible brush and palette work displacing the customarily seamless varnished canvas. Younger artists including Édouard Manet and James McNeill Whistler, among many others, enthusiastically adopted these technical liberties. By exhibiting independently of the government-sponsored Paris Salon, Courbet paved the way for upcoming avant-garde movements, particularly Impressionism.

Gustave Courbet

Marée basse en Normandie, 1865-1869

Oil on canvas
12 3/4 × 16 1/8 in
32.4 × 41 cm
.
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Location
Beverly Hills
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