• Courbet. 19th century French painter who still has the power to shock

    7 days ago - By Chez Namaste Nancy

    With his revolutionary politics, egomania and insistence on crude realism, Gustave Courbet scandalized Parisian society and the art world, says Tom Lubbock
    Gustave Courbet has been seen for most of the 20th century as the patriarch of the avant-garde ideal, a man both embodying his time and working in defiance of bourgeois taste: in short, a hero. He was born in 1819 the son of a farmer, lived as a socialist, and died in 1877 exiled in Switzerland, his paintings deemed unexhibitable in France on political grounds. In the end, Courbet was financially crushed by a judgment imposed on him by...
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