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Monday, February 18, 2013

Dans l'Atelier de Courbet

Gustave Courbet - L'Atelier du Peintre
(The Artist's Studio)
oil on canvas, 1855
Musée d'Orsay, Paris
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The title of this painting is much longer, A Real Allegory of a Seven Year Phase in my Artistic and Moral Life. It's a Last Judgement on the taste of Courbet: the master is the demiurge creating the new universe,  closely followed by a Mary Magdalene of sorts and a child (plus a little animal or something),  on the right are his friends and admirers (Baudelaire among them), on the left those opposing his art, the other world of trivial life, the people, misery, poverty, wealth, the exploited and the exploiters, the people who live off death (Fabrice Masanès). The polemic intention of this painting is obvious: Courbet had just been refused at the Exposition Universelle, so he displayed his works in a temporary structure just near the official exhibition.

Courbet, the Realist, making the bridge between Romantics and Barbizon.

(The Moderns)



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