Gustave Courbet

Still Life of Flowers

Still Life of Flowers
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Author: Gustave Courbet
Still Life, Painting, Oil on canvas, 65x53.5 cm
Origin: France, 1863

A significant portion of Courbet's production of the 1860s consisted of floral still lifes. For the most part they were done in the Château de Rochemont, near Saintes, where Courbet spent some months on the invitation of the philanthropist Étienne Baudry. Some of the artist's commentators explained the appearance of the flower paintings as Courbet's effort to win favour with a certain woman; others noted that Rochemont, with its marvellous gardens, should have moved the artist to paint floral still lifes.

The atmosphere in which Courbet lived at that time was festive. An honoured guest at various celebrations, he was always surrounded by attentive females. He loved to demonstrate his art, and his flower compositions could easily garner him success in the society of Saintes.

But it was also in Saintes that he painted the famous Return from the Conference, a satirical work ridiculing drunken rural clergymen.

Style: Realism
Source of entry: formerly in the collection of Otto Krebs, Holzdorf
Exibition: French Painting: 19th - 20th centuries
Transferred from Germany after World War II

See also

Gustave Courbet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Courbet, Gustave: Letters of Gustave Courbet, 1992, University of Chicago Press, Translated by Petra Ten-Doesschate Chu, ISBN 0226116530. ...
WebMuseum: Courbet, Gustave
Biographical information on this French Realist artist.
Gustave Courbet
Artchive's biographical information on Gustave Courbet.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Special Exhibitions: Gustave Courbet
This is the first full retrospective of the French artist Gustave Courbet (1819– 1877) in thirty years, presenting some 130 works by this pioneering figure ...

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