Village Edge in Winter, Gustave Courbet
Gustave Courbet
Village Edge in Winter
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Gustave Courbet

Village Edge in Winter, ca. 1868


Dimensions
44.5 x 54.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
1406
Acquisition
Acquired in 1906 as a gift from the Benedikt Goldschmidt heirs
Status
On display

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About the Work

An invitation to discomfort. Following a diagonal path, the viewer’s gaze is drawn past the apparently abandoned houses in the sparse, wintry scene. A steep rock massif abruptly cuts off the view. It represents the Jura Mountains, the location of Gustave Courbet’s home town of Ornans. The harshness of the landscape is underlined by the impasto application of paint; the medium is emphasised more than the figurative content. As a landscapist, Courbet served the Impressionists as an important role model. He and Claude Monet met in 1862, and in 1870 Courbet was best man at Monet’s wedding.

About the Donation

Benedikt Moritz Goldschmidt’s (1831–1906) heirs arranged for this bequest. Goldschmidt belonged to an established Jewish family of bankers. One of his relatives was Maximilian Benedikt Hayum von Goldschmidt-Rothschild (1843–1940), who had been ennobled in 1903 and who was considered the wealthiest Jew in the Wilhelmine Empire. By comparison, Benedikt Moritz Goldschmidt’s fortune of eighteen million marks was modest. The unassuming and sophisticated art lover was joint proprietor of the bank Moritz B. Goldschmidt.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Village Edge in Winter
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unten rechts: G. Courbet.

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Acquired in 1906 as a gift from the Benedikt Goldschmidt heirs

Work Content

Motifs and References

Iconclass

Primary
  • 23F41 winter landscape; landscape symbolizing winter (the four seasons of the year)
  • 25I241 village street
  • 25I2 village
  • 41A16 rural housing, e.g. country-house, villa, cottage
Secondary
Associative

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14.10.2019