The Silent River
On View: Beaux-Arts Court, South, 3rd Floor
In this rural French landscape, Gustave Courbet employed many of his nontraditional painting techniques to convey a lush natural setting. He applied delicate daubs with a loaded brush for foliage and smudged wet paint for the chalky surface of a rocky cliff. Using a palette knife, he created the illusion of erosion in the large isolated rock.
Courbet’s ultimate goal in all painting was to create “living art,” which he often conveyed through loose, broken brushstrokes and intentionally unfinished passages. In his landscapes, in particular, this approach allowed the viewer to experience the tranquility of nature in its varying states.
Oil on canvas
27 7/8 x 42 3/16 in. (70.8 x 107.2 cm)
Frame: 33 x 47 5/8 x 2 3/4 in. (83.8 x 121 x 7 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower right: "G. Courbet"
Gift of Mrs. Horace O. Havemeyer
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Gustave Courbet (French, 1819-1877). The Silent River, 1868. Oil on canvas, 27 7/8 x 42 3/16 in. (70.8 x 107.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Horace O. Havemeyer, 41.1259 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 41.1259_reference_SL1.jpg)
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