Jean Desire Gustave Courbet (10 June 1819 - 31 December 1877) was a French painter who led the Realist movement in 19th-century French painting.

"I am fifty years old and I have always lived in freedom; let me end my life free; when I am dead let this be said of me: 'He belonged to no school, to no church, to no institution, to no academy, least of all to any regime except the regime of liberty."

Best known as an innovator in Realism (and credited with coining the term), Courbet was a painter of figurative compositions, landscapes and seascapes. He also worked with social issues, and addressed peasantry and the grave working conditions of the poor. His work belonged neither to the predominant Romantic nor Neoclassical schools. Rather, Courbet believed the Realist artist's mission was the pursuit of truth, which would help erase social contradictions and imbalances.

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Femme Nue Endormie - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
Femme Nue Endormie
La Bacchante, c.1844-47 - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
La Bacchante, c.1844-47
The Cellist, Self Portrait - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
The Cellist, Self Portrait
Eternity - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
Eternity
Chateau de Chillon, 1874 - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
Chateau de Chillon, 1874
The Winnowers, 1855 - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
The Winnowers, 1855
The Desperate Man - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
The Desperate Man
Paysage de mer - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
Paysage de mer
Young Ladies on the Banks of the Seine - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
Young Ladies on the Banks of the Seine
Jo, the Beautiful Irish Girl, 1866 - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
Jo, the Beautiful Irish Girl, 1866
The Bridge at Ambrussum - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
The Bridge at Ambrussum
Stonebreakers - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
Stonebreakers

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