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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The Calm Sea - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
The Calm Sea
Wounded Man - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
Wounded Man
Femme Nue - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
Femme Nue
Portrait of Charles Baudelaire (1821-67) 1847 - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
Portrait of Charles Baudelaire (1821-67) 1847
After Dinner at Ornans, 1848 - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
After Dinner at Ornans, 1848
The Grotto of the Loue, 1864 - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
The Grotto of the Loue, 1864
The Young Bather 1866 - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
The Young Bather 1866
La Rencontre, or Bonjour Monsieur Courbet, 1854 - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
La Rencontre, or Bonjour Monsieur Courbet, 1854
The Studio of the Painter, a Real Allegory, 1855 - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
The Studio of the Painter, a Real Allegory, 1855
La Fôret En Automne (Forest in Autumn) - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
La Fôret En Automne (Forest in Autumn)
The Wrestlers, 1853 - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
The Wrestlers, 1853
Flowers in a Basket, 1863 - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
Flowers in a Basket, 1863

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