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Gustave Courbet (AKA Jean-Désiré-Gustave Courbet), French, (June 10, 1819–December 31, 1877)

Creation date: ca. 1874-1877
Creation place: Switzerland

Other Information

Type: Oil Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Gift of Anne R. and Amy Putnam and commemorating the Silver Jubilee Celebration of Fine Arts Society
Accession Number: 1950.91
Dimensions: 23 3/4 in. x 19 1/4 in. (60.33 cm x 48.9 cm)


Frank Gair Macomber, New York, New York ( - December 12, 1936)

Jacob M. Heimann, New York, New York (December 12, 1936 - 1950)

Anne R. and Amy Putnam, San Diego, California (1950 - 1950)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (1950 - )

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War and Revolution, 1870–1940

Gustave Courbet was a revolutionary who was recognized as much for his politics as his painting. He was a controversial artist, who challenged the academic rules that dictated appropriate subjects and acceptable techniques of painting.
During the Commune, the radical government put in place after the Franco-Prussian War, and the civil war that followed, Courbet struggled to save the Louvre, the national museum and symbol of France’s artistic heritage. He was, however, held responsible for the destruction of the Vendôme column in 1871, an act of protest against brute force and false glory. He was sentenced to six months in jail and was excluded from the Salon of 1872. To avoid paying the replacement cost for the destroyed monument, Courbet fled in self-imposed exile to Switzerland, where this canvas was painted.
Last Updated: 5/21/2020


This object has the following bibliographic references:

The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego Catalogue: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1960
Page Number: 46

Robert Fernier. La vie et l'œuvre de Gustave Courbet, La Bibliothèque des Arts. Paris, France, 1977
Page Number: 200, no. 954, 201, Figure Number: 954


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