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 Stonebreakers - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
The Stonebreakers
Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase
Poor Woman of the Village - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
Poor Woman of the Village
Copy of a Rembrandt Self Portrait, 1869 - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
Copy of a Rembrandt Self Portrait, 1869
Peasant Woman Sleeping, 1853 - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
Peasant Woman Sleeping, 1853
Three English Girls at a Window - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
Three English Girls at a Window
Woman in a Podoscaphe - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
Woman in a Podoscaphe
Reclining Woman - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
Reclining Woman
Vue du Lac Leman, c.1873-77 - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
Vue du Lac Leman, c.1873-77
Study for Les Demoiselles des bords de la Seine (Été)... - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
Study for Les Demoiselles des bords de la Seine (Été)...
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...
Evening Landscape - Gustave Courbet - www.gustavecourbet.org
Evening Landscape

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