Jean Désiré Gustave Courbet (1819 – 1877)(after)
NAME: Marc Trapadoux examinant un livre d'estampes
ENGLISH NAME: Marc Trapadoux examining a book of prints
MEDIUM: Color lithograph
SIGNATURE: Signed in the plate
This album, the eighth in a series devoted to the collection of Mr. Pierre Lévy, has a print run of 1000 on Arches vellum. Completed to print on November 23, 1973 by Mourlot for the reproductions of the paintings of the REALISTES LYRIQUES and by Fequet and Baudier for La typographie.
Fernand Mourlot, Paris, 1973.
IMAGE is ACTUAL WORK
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Possible browning of arches paper due to age, but image is in excellent condition.
Jean Désiré Gustave Courbet (1819 – 1877) was a French painter born in in Ornans. His family had a prosperous farm. He left Ornans for Paris in 1839 and worked at the Steuben and Hesse studio. He left to embark on his discovery at the Louvre of Spanish, Flemish and French masters by painting copies. As time progressed he chose to base his paintings on observed reality. In the early 1840s he did a number of self-portraits where he placed himself in different roles.
In 1846 he started to travel to the Netherlands and Belgium. He believed as Rembrandt, Hals and other Dutch masters did, that artist should capture what is around them. In 1849 he achieved his first Salon success. In 1849-50 he produced “the Stone Breakers” which is considered his first of his great works.
Courbet is known for leading the Realism movement in 19th century French painting. His paintings in the 1840s and early 50s brought him recognition. He was imprisoned in 1871 for his involvement with the Paris Commune and lived in Switzerland until his death in 1873, exiled.