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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Les Baigneuses, 1853 - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
Les Baigneuses, 1853
Fishing Boats on the Deauville Beach - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
Fishing Boats on the Deauville Beach
View of the Chateau de Chillon - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
View of the Chateau de Chillon
Nude reclining by the sea - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
Nude reclining by the sea
A Bay with Cliffs - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
A Bay with Cliffs
Old Man with a glass of wine - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
Old Man with a glass of wine
La grotte des geants a Saillon (Valais - Suisse) - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
La grotte des geants a Saillon (Valais - Suisse)
The Sleepers - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
The Sleepers
The Peasants of Flagey Returning from the Fair, 1850... - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
The Peasants of Flagey Returning from the Fair, 1850...
Fox in the Snow - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
Fox in the Snow
Nude Woman with Dog - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
Nude Woman with Dog
The Calm Sea - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
The Calm Sea

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