Gustave Courbet

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Gustave Courbet

Ed. Ulf Küster, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen, text(s) by Ulf Küster, Stéphane Guégan, Michel Hilaire, Laurence Madeline, James Rubin, Bruno Mottin, graphic design by Marie Lusa


2014. 200 pp., 131 ills.


25.40 x 31.00 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-3862-0

A contemporary look at this provocative avant-garde artist and forerunner of modern painting

The life and work of Gustave Courbet (1819–1877) were defined by his rejection of the academic painting tradition and conservative politics in France. His work marks the beginning of a development that continues to shape our understanding of art today. Courbet’s ability to play with the expectations of the viewer, his accents of color, his use of hidden references to clas­sical iconography, and, above all, the emphasis that he placed on his individuality as an artist have made him a key figure in the period of transition from tradi­tional to modern painting. His famous work, L’origine du monde (The Origin of the World, 1866), is the focus of this opulent volume, and it is framed by no less spectacular self-portraits, depictions of women, land­scapes, seascapes, and winter images dating from later in his career. Examining the broad spectrum of Courbet’s oeuvre, the publication includes the most recent research on the artist’s strategy of ambiguity and his revolutionary use of color. (English edition ISBN 978-3-7757-3863-7)

In conjunction with this exhibition a volume in the Art to Read series is available (German edition ISBN 978-3-7757-3861-3, English edition ISBN 978-3-7757-3877-4, German e-book ISBN 978-3-7757-3867-5, English e-book ISBN 978-3-7757-3878-1).

Exhibition: Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel 7.9.2014–18.1.2015

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