Courbet A&i

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Few artists have been so directly involved in the events of their time as the French Realist painter Gustave Courbet (1819-77). Amid the social transformations of the mid-nineteenth century, Courbet's unconventional paintings of real people in everyday scenes came to embody values with radical political implications. James Rubin addresses the entire range of Courbet's work including his hunting scenes, spirited landscapes, still lifes, portraits and erotic nudes. Over eighty paintings by Courbet are presented ...
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Overview

Few artists have been so directly involved in the events of their time as the French Realist painter Gustave Courbet (1819-77). Amid the social transformations of the mid-nineteenth century, Courbet's unconventional paintings of real people in everyday scenes came to embody values with radical political implications. James Rubin addresses the entire range of Courbet's work including his hunting scenes, spirited landscapes, still lifes, portraits and erotic nudes. Over eighty paintings by Courbet are presented here in colour. An excellent introduction to Courbet and to Realism, this original and engaging account combines a close reading of the paintings with fascinating discussion of the personal, political and socio-economic circumstances in which they were created.
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Rubin (art history, State U. of New York) portrays the ambitious and proud painter from rural Ornans who, rebuffed by the Parisian art world and attacked as a "realist," seized upon that name to assert his radical sympathy for ordinary citizens and their down-to-earth experience. Beautifully illustrated with color reproductions, the text addresses the full range of Courbet's work and combines a close reading of the paintings with a discussion of the personal, political, economic, and social circumstances in which they were created. Intended for the general reader. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714831800
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1997
  • Series: Art and Ideas Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.37 (w) x 8.62 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Realist and Visionary 4
1 The Desperate Man: Identity Crisis in Bohemian Paris 7
2 Gutter Art: The Stonebreakers and Political Upheaval 49
3 Down-to-Earth Death: Realism Defined by A Burial at Ornans 73
4 Mirrors of the People: Realist Series and Meeting Independence 101
5 Autobiography and Social Vision: World Prophecy from the Studio 133
6 Realism as Language and Attitude: A Manifesto and its Contexts 155
7 Manhood and Women: Models and Mistresses, Prostitutes and Wives 175
8 Truth to Nature and to Home: The Outdoors and its Consumers 217
9 Courbet Non Grata: The Vendome Column, Prison and Exile 269
10 The Example of Courbet: Courbetism's Legacy and the Avant-Garde 305
Glossary 330
Brief Biographies 333
Key Dates 336
Map 340
Further Reading 341
Index 345
Acknowledgements 350
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