Gustave Courbet

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Birthday
10, 1819
Birthplace
Ornans, France
Death Date
Dec 31, 1877 (58)
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
10, 1819
Birthplace
Ornans, France
Death Date
Dec 31, 1877 (58)

About

French painter and leader of the 19th century realist movement whose best known works included "Seaside" and "Sleep." He used his art to challenge the established social and moral structures of his day.

Before Fame

His early painting, "Odalisque," was inspired by his love of Victor Hugo's writing, and "Lélia" was based on George Sand. He eventually strayed from literary influences.

Trivia

He produced several works that his contemporaries considered scandalous: "Young Ladies on the Banks of the Seine (Summer)" depicted prostitutes, and "Sleep," which showed two women in bed together, provoked a police report when it was exhibited in 1872.

Family Life

His sisters, Zoé, Zélie, and Juliette, served as live models for his early works. His well-known work, "A Burial at Ornans" from 1850, depicted the funeral of his great uncle.

Associated With

His lifetime overlapped with that of fellow French painter Edgar Degas.