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Gustave Courbet: 1819-1877 (Taschen Basic Art) [Paperback]

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Unsentimental realism

"I maintain," stated Gustave Courbet (1819-1877), "that painting is clearly a concrete art whose existence lies only in the representation of real and existing objects...." Courbet, who influenced and advised the fledgling Impressionists, was an outstanding representative of a naturalistic realism that highlights the contradictions and inequities in society. Revolutionary were Courbet's style, with dark hues and heavy brushstrokes, and choice of subject---depictions the life of plain people treated in an unsentimental, down to earth manner. His influence was enormous during his lifetime; he was offered the cross of the Legion of Honor in 1872 but he refused it. A man always at odds with authority, be it artistic or political, Courbet became a member of the Paris Commune and was briefly imprisoned and forced to flee to Switzerland for the final years of his life.

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Pages   96
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 7.25" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2006
Publisher   Taschen
ISBN  3822856835  
ISBN13  9783822856833  

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Great value!  Mar 26, 2008
A great overview, especially for 10$. The reproductions were of a high quality and the text was pretty good too. The only thing lacking was close-ups of the work so you could see the painting technique which I'd have really liked.

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