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Gustave Courbet 1819 - 1877

Gustave Courbet:<EM> Le d&eacute;sesp&eacute;r&eacute; (</EM>Self Portrait, The Desperate Man)1843-1845Oil on canvaseH. 45 ; L. 54 cmPrivate CollectionPhoto courtesy of Mus&eacute;e d’Orsay
Gustave Courbet: Le désespéré (Self Portrait, The Desperate Man)
Oil on canvase
H. 45 ; L. 54 cm
Private Collection
Photo courtesy of Musée d'Orsay
Gustave Courbet 1819 - 1877
PARIS  •  Grand Palais  •  Ongoing
All of bad boy Courbetís work between 1840 and 1877 is presented here, highlighting its richness, complexity and its many links to the social and political issues of the time. Around the Musée d'Orsayís large paintings, Burial at Ornans and The Artistís Studio, about one hundred and twenty paintings, thirty graphic works and about sixty photographs are presented from the Petit Palais and the Musée Fabre in Montpellier.

Part of the exhibition is also devoted to arge hunting scenes and the relationship between early photography and Courbetís work, both of which confront pictorial tradition and question the representation of the real world.

And yes, in Courbet's Self-portrait Le désespéré (Self Portrait, The Desperate Man) on the left, there is a striking resemblance to the American film actor Johnny Depp.

Musée d'Orsay Web Site

Contact: Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais
Entrée Square Jean Perrin
75008 Paris

Tel: (33) 1 44 13 17 17

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