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Isolated Rock (Le Rocher isolé)

Gustave Courbet

European Art

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.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES ca. 1862
    DIMENSIONS 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)
    SIGNATURE Signed lower left: "G. Courbet."
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Beaux-Arts Court, South, 3rd Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 41.1258
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. Horace O. Havemeyer
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