The moment a revolutionary artist decided to paint in a

The moment a revolutionary artist decided to paint in a

3/23/2021, 8:08:25 PM
The moment a revolutionary artist decided to paint in a Realist style. The Bathers (1853) by Gustave Courbet (1819-1877) caused a big shock when it was first exhibited at the Paris Salon. Unlike all artists before him, he did not make an effort to idealize his bather in a Classical or Romantic style. Instead, he painted it in a Realist style, an art movement of which he was one of the leaders. And he was not afraid to show off his new style, as Courbet painted it on a large canvas of 227 cm × 193 cm (89 in × 76 in). And to emphasize the break with the past, he deliberately painted it in clumsy unconventional fashion. People were struck by the meaningless of the work. What was the idea behind it? There was no real story depicted, and there was no real beauty in it. By painting "unimportant" and non-classical subjects on large canvases, Courbet broke new ground for artists to focus on capturing simple scenes from daily life in a realistic way. Art did no longer only have to appeal to the upper class, but could depict all sorts of people, and was for all people. His efforts led to the Realism and Impressionism styles which would radically change the way many artist practiced their work. #Art #Painting #Artwork #ArtHistory #HistoryofArt #OilPainting #OilonCanvas #Courbet #GustaveCourbet #FrenchArt #FrenchArtist #FrenchPainter #Realist #Realism #Revolution #Revolutionary #Unconventional #Awkward #HigherPurpose #Groundbreaking #Radical #Bathers

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