Isolated Rock (Le Rocher isolé)
On View: Beaux-Arts Court, South, 3rd Floor
By the 1860s, Gustave Courbet was a well-known champion of Realist painting—an approach that found its subject matter in the daily lives and hardships of France’s working class. This seascape highlights another important aspect of Courbet’s Realist practice. Rather than a traditional brush, he used a palette knife to apply the paint in broad, rough patches. This technique evokes the atmosphere of the wind-blown, moving clouds and the coarse texture of the rock, which, in its centrality and isolation, seems to take on a melancholy, human quality.
Oil on canvas
25 1/2 x 32 in. (64.8 x 81.3 cm)
frame: 33 1/8 x 39 5/8 x 2 3/4 in. (84.1 x 100.6 x 7 cm)
Signed lower left: "G. Courbet."
Gift of Mrs. Horace O. Havemeyer
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