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Gustave Courbet: L'ecole de la nature/The School of Nature

Gustave Courbet: L'ecole de la nature/The School of Nature

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Exhibition Catalog

Ed. by Carine Joly and Valerie Pugin. Musee de l'Abbaye, Saint-Claude, 2021. Published by Silvana Editore, Cinisello Balsamo.

184 pp. Well illustrated (chiefly col.). 28 x 23 cm. Bilingual in English and French. Hardcover.

ISBN 9788836648214

Courbet claimed not to belong to any school, positioning himself as a free, independent artist and leading his career with the stated objective of creating a way of "painting the real" that would be his own. This school of nature asserted itself from his early youth, when he was initiated to drawing and painting "in the open air", carried out "on the ground". This work illustrates naturalism in Courbet, mainly through his landscapes, and the transmission of his vision of reality to other artists who have formed a Comtoise school of landscape. The figure of George Besson (Saint-Claude, 1882 - Paris, 1971), collector and art critic, ardent defender of Courbet and realism, is approached from the angle of the history of the creation of the Courbet museum in Ornans , but also from the link that united him to his birthplace, Saint-Claude. Indeed, in the capital of Haut-Jura, the inauguration of the Abbey Museum - whose project was carried by the two painters, who became donors, Guy Bardone and René Genis - was made possible while Besson had some. laid the groundwork forty years ago. Around Courbet, various personalities from Franche-Comté are thus mingled, having participated, in various capacities, in the knowledge, dissemination and continuity of the influence of his work and of art. By presenting a collection of important works by Gustave Courbet (mainly from the collections of the Gustave Institute and the Courbet d'Ornans Museum) and other 19th century artists - collaborators or friends of Courbet - who have fully approached nature and the landscape at the heart of their efforts, this book deals with the theme of the landscape in a transversal way. Among other things, the involvement of the Sanclaudien George Besson (1882-1971), who worked for the acquisition of the birthplace of Courbet, later housing the museum, will be revealed, then that of Guy Bardone (1927-2015) donor of the collection. constitutive of the museum of the abbey which will then be secretary general of the Courbet Institute for nearly fifteen years.

Subject Headings: Eastern and Western European Art ; Western Art -- France -- 1800-1900 -- Painting --

Artist(s): Corbet, Gustave

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