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

Village Edge in Winter, ca. 1868

44.5 x 54 cm
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Oil on canvas
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Acquired in 1906 as a gift from the Benedikt Goldschmidt heirs
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art, room 4


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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.

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