The Edge of the Pool (Au Bord de l'Etang)
Courbet painted this cool and rather mysterious landscape for the marquis de Pomereu, with whom he had stayed near his native town of Ornans in eastern France. The artist renders the characteristic features of the Doubs region—craggy rocks, dark pools, tall oaks—with a great range of color tones and variations in technique, including a liberal use of his palette knife as well as his brush. He attentively contrasts the brightly illuminated green strip of the far bank with the murky center of the pool. The small figures of the woman on the bank and the man in the boat add a pastoral note to the painting.
- Artist: Gustave Courbet, French, 1819-1877
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Place Made: France
- Dates: 1867
- Dimensions: 31 3/4 x 39 3/8 in. (80.6 x 100 cm) Frame: 40 x 48 1/4 x 4 3/4 in. (101.6 x 122.6 x 12.1 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed and dated lower left: "67/Gustave Courbet"
- Collections:European Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Beaux-Arts Court, South, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 1992.17
- Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Horace Havemeyer, Mrs. Frederic B. Pratt, and Hyman Brown, by exchange
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Gustave Courbet (French, 1819-1877). The Edge of the Pool (Au Bord de l'Etang), 1867. Oil on canvas, 31 3/4 x 39 3/8 in. (80.6 x 100 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Horace Havemeyer, Mrs. Frederic B. Pratt, and Hyman Brown, by exchange, 1992.17
- Record Completeness: Best (84%)