Gustave Courbet

Gustave Courbet

Style: Realism

Lived: June 10, 1819 - December 31, 1877 (19th century)

Nationality: France

“Painting is the representation of visible forms... The essence of realism is its negation of the ideal.”

France is the only nation in which astoundingly small numbers of civilized patrons reside.”

I deny that art can be taught, or, in other words, maintain that art is completely individual, and that the talent of each artist is but the result of his own inspiration and his own study of past tradition.

“I have studied the art of the masters and the art of the moderns, avoiding any preconceived system and without prejudice.”

“Painting is an essentially concrete art and can only consist of the representation of real and existing things.”

The expression of beauty is in direct ratio to the power of conception the artist has acquired.

“Beauty, like truth, is relative to the time when one lives and to the individual who can grasp it. The expression of beauty is in direct ratio to the power of conception the artist has acquired.”

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