Courbet A&I by James Henry RubinCourbet A&I by James Henry Rubin

Courbet A&I

byJames Henry RubinAs told byJames Rubin

Paperback | May 23, 1997

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Amid the background of social turbulence in the mid-nineteenth century, Courbet's unconventional paintings of real people in everyday scenes came to embody values with radical political implications. James Rubin addresses the entire range of Courbet's work -- his hunting scenes, spirited landscapes, portraits and erotic nudes. He combines a clear reading of the paintings with a discussion of the unique personal, political and social framework within which they were created.
Title:Courbet A&IFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.62 × 6.38 × 0.88 inPublished:May 23, 1997Publisher:Phaidon Press

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ISBN - 10:0714831808

ISBN - 13:9780714831800

Appropriate for ages: 13

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Few artists have been so directly involved in the events of their time as the French Realist painter Gustave Courbet (1819 -- 77). Amid the social transformations of the mid-nineteenth century, Courbet's unconventional and stark paintings came to embody values with radical political implications. Rebuffed by the Parisian art world and attacked as a 'Realist', he seized upon that name to assert his sympathy for ordinary citizens and their down-to-earth experience. Courbet painted subjects from the world around him: from rural labourers and family gatherings (which he presented on a scale traditionally reserved for historical and literary themes), to sensuous and spirited landscapes, hunting scenes, still lifes, portraits and erotic nudes. James Rubin addresses the full range of Courbet's work, and in his original and engaging account combines a close reading of the paintings with a fascinating discussion of the personal, political, economic and social circumstances in which they were created.