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The Fugitive, Study for Timon of Athens

Thomas Couture

European Art

Within months of his arrival in Paris, Francisco Oller entered the studio of the popular painter Thomas Couture, who completed this study from life at about the same time. Couture taught the importance of drawing, anatomy, and classical proportions, the traditional European art-school curriculum dating back to Italian academies in the Renaissance. His painting style was a combination of the real and the ideal, and he trained students to “reproduce the wonders of nature and ideas of our own time,” though never to the degree of Oller’s other great mentor in Paris, Gustave Courbet.

Oller submitted two paintings to the 1865 Paris Salon exhibition as a pupil of Couture.

Pocos meses después de su llegada a París, Francisco Oller ingresó al taller del popular pintor Thomas Couture, quien completó este estudio en vivo alrededor de la misma época. Couture enseñó la importancia del dibujo, la anatomía y las proporciones clásicas, el currículo tradicional de las escuelas de arte europeas, enseñado desde la época de las academias italianas del Renacimiento. Su estilo de pintura era una combinación de lo real con lo ideal y él enseñaba a sus estudiantes a “reproducir las maravillas de la naturaleza y las ideas de nuestra propia época”, aunque no al grado del otro gran mentor de Oller en París, Gustave Courbet.

Como estudiante de Couture, Oller presentó dos pinturas a la exposición del Salón de París de 1865.

MEDIUM Oil on canvas
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES ca. 1857
    DIMENSIONS 25 7/8 x 33 3/8 in. (65.7 x 84.8 cm) frame: 33 1/4 x 40 9/16 x 2 13/16 in. (84.5 x 103 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Stamped lower left corner: "T.C."
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 06.64
    CREDIT LINE Purchased with funds given by Robert Bonner and Robert B. Woodward and Museum Collection Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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    CAPTION Thomas Couture (French, 1815-1879). The Fugitive, Study for Timon of Athens, ca. 1857. Oil on canvas, 25 7/8 x 33 3/8 in. (65.7 x 84.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Robert Bonner and Robert B. Woodward and Museum Collection Fund, 06.64 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 06.64_SL1.jpg)
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