Friday, February 15, 2013

Courbet and the Modern Landscape

In the fall of 2006, the Walters Art Museum presented its version of an exhibition of Courbet’s landscapes, organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum. French artist, Gustave Courbet, the radical painter whose example would inspire the painterly experiments of the next generation of impressionists and beyond, is arguably one of the most original painters of the 19th century.

Organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum in partnership with the Walters and with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, this was the first international loan exhibition to focus exclusively on the landscape paintings of Gustave Courbet (1819-77). Courbet's landscape paintings of the 1860s defined the essential artistic issues that would concern the next generation of avant-garde painters (who would be called the impressionists), changing the course of painting for the next 100 years. Despite its enormous significance, Courbet's landscape painting received surprisingly little consideration in exhibition form.

This show focused on 37 landscape paintings, which demonstrated how Courbet was a radical innovator both in the motifs he chose to paint and in the dramatic brushwork of his paintings. The exhibition opened at the Getty Museum, February 21-May 14, 2006, and traveled to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, June 18-Sept. 10, 2006, before coming to the Walters.

Courbet and the Modern Landscape
was organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Walters Art Museum.

Gustave Courbet, Stream in the Forest

Gustave Courbet, The Gust of Wind (Le Coup de vent)

Gustave Courbet, Grotto of Sarrazine Near Nans-sous-Sainte-Anne

Gustave Courbet, Sunset, Vevey, Switzerland

Gustave Courbet, The Waterspout (La Trombe)

Excellent review