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Isolated Rock (Le Rocher isolé)

Gustave Courbet

European Art

Gustave Courbet painted Isolated Rock about the time he opened a studio in Paris to forty students, possibly including Oller. Courbet was a democratic rather than authoritarian teacher who promoted a conscientious approach to painting “one’s own time and place.” Oller never adopted the master’s unorthodox painting methods—Courbet painted Isolated Rock with a palette knife—but he embraced the older artist’s interest in closely observing all aspects of modern life.

Oller occasionally registered as a disciple of Courbet at the annual Paris Salon exhibitions, appearing in accompanying exhibition catalogues as the master’s “élève,” or student.

Gustave Courbet pintó La roca aislada alrededor del mismo tiempo en que abrió su taller en París para cuarenta estudiantes, entre los cuales posiblemente se encontraba Oller. Courbet era un maestro democrático más que autoritario, quien promovía un acercamiento concienzudo a pintar “el tiempo y lugar de uno”. Oller nunca adoptó los métodos no ortodoxos de pintura del maestro (Courbet pintó La roca aislada con un cuchillo de paleta) pero sí adoptó el interés del pintor mayor de observar de cerca todos los aspectos de la vida moderna.

Oller ocasionalmente se inscribía como discípulo de Courbet durante las exposiciones anuales del Salón de París, apareciendo en catálogos de la exposición como el “élève”, o estudiante, del maestro.

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)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Signed lower left: "G. Courbet."
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 41.1258
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. Horace O. Havemeyer
    RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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    CAPTION Gustave Courbet (French, 1819-1877). Isolated Rock (Le Rocher isolé), ca. 1862. Oil on canvas, 25 1/2 x 32 in. (64.8 x 81.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Horace O. Havemeyer, 41.1258 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 41.1258_SL1.jpg)
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