CourbetOrnans 1819 – Vevey 1877
Find out how specialists have been on the right track too, even a contemporary.
This painting like many of Courbet's images of caves and the sources of rivers consists of a dark hole with rock swirling around it in the form of an eye.
It does not take a genius to recognize that Courbet has turned the rock at left into a human face with water sprouting from the mouth.
Even a minor sketch does not escape a great artist's need to identify
Courbet's reflection on his own mind will help you recognize a similar technique elsewhere
Michael Fried has seen how Courbet painted himself in The Stonebreakers
Michael Fried read this painting exactly as we would 20 years ago
See how a self-portrait viewed through a different perspective changes everything
Find out how the colloquial term for a female rider inspired an artist
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