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 Shelter of the Roe Deer at the Stream of Plaisir... - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
The Shelter of the Roe Deer at the Stream of Plaisir...
Girls on the Banks of the Seine, 1856-57 - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
Girls on the Banks of the Seine, 1856-57
The Ornans  Paper Mill - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
The Ornans Paper Mill
L'Immensite - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
L'Immensite
Valley of the Loue - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
Valley of the Loue
Girl with Seagulls, Trouville - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
Girl with Seagulls, Trouville
Portrait of Juliette Courbet as a Sleeping Child - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
Portrait of Juliette Courbet as a Sleeping Child
The Chasm at Conches, 1864 - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
The Chasm at Conches, 1864
Woods in the Snow - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
Woods in the Snow
The Woman in the Waves - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
The Woman in the Waves
Woman of Frankfurt, 1858 - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
Woman of Frankfurt, 1858
Flowering Branches and Flowers, 1855 - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
Flowering Branches and Flowers, 1855

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