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Gustave Courbet

Data di nascita: 10. Giugno 1819
Data di morte: 31. Dicembre 1877

Jean Désiré Gustave Courbet è stato un pittore francese, il più rappresentativo del movimento realista francese del XIX secolo.

„La pittura è un'arte essenzialmente concreta e può consistere solo nella rappresentazione delle cose reali ed esistenti. Un oggetto astratto, non visibile, non rientra nel dominio della pittura. L'immaginazione nell'arte consiste nel saper trovare l'espressione più completa di una cosa esistente, ma mai nel supporre o creare questa stessa cosa. Il bello è nella natura, e si incontra nella realtà sotto le forme più diverse. Non appena lo si trova, esso appartiene all'arte o piuttosto all'artista che sa vedervelo. Il bello, come la verità è una cosa relativa al tempo in cui si vive ed all'individuo atto a concepirlo. L'espressione del bello è in proporzione diretta alla potenza di percezione acquisita dall'artista. Non possono esserci scuole, ci sono solo pittori.
La peinture est un art essentialment concret et ne peut consister que dans la représentation des choses réelles et existantes.“

—  Gustave Courbet

Un object abstrait, non visible, n'est pas du domaine de la peinture. L'imagination dans l'art consiste à savoir trouver l'expression la plus complète d'une chose existante, mais jamais à supposer ou à créer cette chose même. Le beau est dans la nature, et se rencontre dans la réalité sous les formes les plus diverses. Dès qu'on le trouve, il appartient à l'art, ou plutôt à l'artiste qui sait l'y voir. Le beau, comme la verité est une chose relative au temps où l'on vit et à l'individu apte à le concevoir. L'expression du beau est en raison directe de la puissance de perception acquise par l'artiste. Il ne peut pas y avoir d'écoles, il n'y a que des peintres.
Origine: Citato in Lionello Venturi, Storia della critica d'arte, Einaudi, Torino, 1966.

„When I got back to Ornans, I spent a few days hunting. I quite like the subject of violent exercise... It makes the most surprising painting you can imagine. There are thirty life-size figures in it. It is the moral and physical history of my studio“

—  Gustave Courbet

Quote from a letter of Courbet to Bruyas, (December 1854); as cited in 'Courbet Speaks', 'Courbet-dossier', Musée-dOrsay http://www.musee-orsay.fr/en/collections/courbet-dossier/courbet-speaks.html
1840s - 1850s

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„It is not often that one encounters so complete an expression of poverty and so, right then and there I got the idea for a painting. I told them to come to my studio the next morning.“

—  Gustave Courbet

Quote, 1850's explaining to Champfleury and the writer Francis Wey; as cited on Wikipedia; Masanès, Fabrice 2006, p. 31
Courbet explains in his quote the start of his painting 'Stone-Breakers' [painted in 1849-50 / destroyed in the Allied Bombing of Dresden in 1945]; this painting was inspired by a scene Courbet witnessed on the roadside.
1840s - 1850s

„In as much as the Vendôme Column is a monument devoid of all artistic value, tending to perpetuate by its expression the ideas of war and conquest of the past imperial dynasty, which are reproved by a republican nation's sentiment, citizen Courbet expresses the wish that the National Defense government will authorize him to disassemble this column.“

—  Gustave Courbet

version in original French: * Attendu que la colonne Vendôme est un monument dénué de toute valeur artistique, tendant à perpétuer par son expression les idées de guerre et de conquête qui étaient dans la dynastie impériale, mais que réprouve le sentiment d'une nation républicaine, [le citoyen Courbet] émet le vœu que le gouvernement de la Défense nationale veuille bien l'autoriser à déboulonner cette colonne.
Quote in Courbet's official letter (4 September 1870), to the Government of National Defense - proposing that the column in the Place Vendôme in Paris, erected by Napoleon I - to honour the victories of the French Army - be taken down.
1870s

„I have never seen an angel. Show me an angel, and I'll paint one.“

—  Gustave Courbet

Courbet, c 1860's, later quoted by Vincent van Gogh in a letter to brother Theo (July, 1885); in The letters of Vincent van Gogh, ed. Ronal de Leeuw - Penguin, New York, 1996, p. 302
1860s

„We finally saw the sea, the horizonless sea – how odd for a mountaindweller. We saw the beautiful boats that sail on it. It is too inviting, one feels carried away, one would leave to see the whole world.“

—  Gustave Courbet

Quote from Courbet's letter to his parents (1841); as quoted in Image of the Sea: Oceanic Consciousness in the Romantic Century, Howard F. Isham, publisher: Peter Lang, 2004, Chapter 'Waterworlds', p. 307
reporting his experiences of a boat-trip with a friend over the Seine to the port of Le Havre; he made also a sketchbook of this trip in the Summer of 1841
1840s - 1850s

„The sea! The sea!.... in her growling fury, she reminds me of a of the caged monster who can devour me.“

—  Gustave Courbet

Quote from Courbet's letter to Victor Hugo, 1864; as cited by Sarah Faunce and Linda Nochlin, in Courbet Reconsidered; exhibition catalogue, The Brooklyn Museum, 1988, p. 188
1860s

„I heard the comments of the crowd in front of the painting of 'Burial at Ornans', I had the courage to read the nonsense that was printed regarding this picture and I wrote this article.. [in Le Messager de l'Assemblée]“

—  Gustave Courbet

Quote from an article in 'Le Messager de l'Assemblée' (25th & 26th February 1851); as cited in 'Posterity', Musée-dOrsay http://www.musee-orsay.fr/en/collections/courbet-dossier/biography.html
1840s - 1850s

„.. [ I ] painted the very people who had been present at the interment, all the townspeople.“

—  Gustave Courbet

from Courbet on Wikipedia
Courbet pictured with his painting 'A Burial at Ornans' (1849/50) the funeral of his grand uncle which he attended in September 1848. People who attended the funeral became the models for the painting; no professional models
1840s - 1850s

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