Hardcover, limited edition of 150 copies of the 2007 exhibition catalogue, including a numbered and signed rotogravure by Baltasar Burkhard.
Gustave Courbet was born on 10 June 1819 in Ornans. He arrived in Paris at the age of twenty and became, from triumph to failure, the master of the École Réaliste and the great renovator of Western art, creator of Art Vivant. He took part in the Commune, was condemned, imprisoned, went into exile and died in 1877. He is buried in the Ornans cemetery.
It is the first since the retrospective of 1977 and it takes into account all the works that allow a new reading of the work and particularly on the art of the years 1840-1860.
It brings together 220 works including 160 paintings, 50 photographs and 10 drawings, including great masterpieces such as L'Atelier de l'Artiste, l'Enterrement à Ornans.
It questions the nature of Courbet's realism and the Romantic culture that appears in his work.
The entire body of work, from the 1840s to 1877, is addressed, highlighting its richness, complexity and multiple links to the social and political reality of the time.
Particular attention is paid to the great hunting scenes. True historical paintings, they underline the painter's links with nature and his relationship with the hunted animal. Carrying a symbolic vision, this figure in Courbet's work is a true echo of human suffering and must be compared to certain self-portraits of youth.
A section is devoted to the relationship between emerging photography and Courbet's work, which both confront the pictorial tradition and raise the question of the representation of the real.
From the proponents of the "New Painting" of the 1860s, the Courbet-Manet "dialogue" and the links with Whistler, to the beginnings of Impressionism, Courbet's influence was decisive on the artists of his time and made him one of the fundamental painters of nineteenth-century art history.