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Pierre Petit: Gustave Courbet, ca. 1860

Image of Pierre Petit: Gustave Courbet, ca. 1860

A strong and iconic portrait by Pierre Petit from the famous painter Gustave Courbet.

Albumen print with good contrast, photographer's address on the verso.
ca. 6,5 x 10,5 cm

The French painter Gustave Courbet (1819-1877) led the Realist movement in 19th-century French painting. He painted figurative compositions, landscapes, seascapes, and still-lifes. He courted controversy by addressing social issues in his work, and by painting subjects that were considered vulgar: the rural bourgeoisie and peasantry, and the working conditions of the poor. (copyright Paul Frecker)