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 Cliffs at Etretat after the storm, 1870 - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
The Cliffs at Etretat after the storm, 1870
La Ruisseau de la Breme - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
La Ruisseau de la Breme
Flowering Branches and Flowers, 1855 - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
Flowering Branches and Flowers, 1855
View of La Tour de Farges - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
View of La Tour de Farges
The Rock at Bayard, Dinant, Belgium, c.1856 - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
The Rock at Bayard, Dinant, Belgium, c.1856
Juliette Courbet (1831-1915) 1844 - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
Juliette Courbet (1831-1915) 1844
Apples, pears and grapes - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
Apples, pears and grapes
The Stonebreakers - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
The Stonebreakers
A Thicket of Deer at the Stream of Plaisir-Fountaine - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
A Thicket of Deer at the Stream of Plaisir-Fountaine
Battle of the Stags - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
Battle of the Stags
Copy of a Rembrandt Self Portrait, 1869 - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
Copy of a Rembrandt Self Portrait, 1869
A Burial at Ornhans - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
A Burial at Ornhans

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