Gustave Courbet (1819–77)
A pioneer of modernism, Courbet is known for his innovative depictions of social themes as well as landscapes and portraits. Born in the city of Ornans, he became one of the most unconventional painters of his time, rejecting both academic art and romantic idealism in favor of realist depictions of society and fresh, natural landscapes. A free spirit and frequent traveler, Courbet found particular success in Belgium, where he played a pivotal role in the Belgian realist movement.
Exhibition: Curators, Sponsors, and Support
Organized by the McMullen Museum and the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Courbet: Mapping Realism is curated by Boston College Professor of Art History Jeffery Howe and Dominique Marechal, curator of nineteenth-century art at the Royal Museums. The exhibition is underwritten by Boston College, the Patrons of the McMullen Museum, and the Newton College Classes of 1968 and 1973.
“This exhibit provides a unique