Painting With The Girls 74
March 14, 2016.
Day 74 (292 days to go)
Gustave Coubert (1819-1977) was a French painter who gave the name Realism to the new art movement. Courbet was born in Ornans, which he depicted in two of his most famous paintings, Burial at Ornans and The Stone Breakers. Both represent real events and people of his own town. People found it to be crude and harsh and scandalous to represent people in a realistic way. Courbet was also obsessed with sexuality and political issues.
Paul Johnson writes in Art: A New History, “Through the nineteen century we come across cases of artists being procured to provide pornography for the great and the rich. Courbet’s pornographic drawings have either been destroyed or are deeply hidden in the national archives, but at least three of his lubricious paintings survive. All were done for a rich Turkish diplomat, Khalil Bey, and had to sold when he went bankrupt after endless excesses.” Turkish Bath, The Sleepers, and The Origin of the World.
He is also well known for his self-portrait at his studio that caused great commotion on its first exhibit at the Exposition Universelle. The Painter’s Studio depicts Courbet’s at his studio, with a nude model, among more than thirty men and women.