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    Gustave Courbet was a French artist known to be the leader and innovator of the Realist Movement of the 19th Century. His art rebelled against the Romantic and Neo-Classical Eras during his time. His passion was in illustrating the truth and erasing “social contradictions and imbalances” (www.gustavecourbet.org). Some notable paintings by the artist are “A Burial at Ornans” (1850) where he depicts his great-uncle’s funeral in his native Ornans portraying the ugliness in the situation beginning the movement of Realism. Courbet mentioned that “ A Burial at Ornans was in reality the burial of Romanticism”, underlining his complete involvement in the innovation of the Realist Movement. Another notable painting is “The Artist’s Studio” (1855)…

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    During the trip to The Museum of Fine Arts of Houston, one of the most captivating two dimensional work was the Gust of Wind by Gustave Courbet. The energetic painting is not just merely oil on canvas, it is the representation of an oncoming storm in a once peaceful meadow surrounding a small pool. This realistic artist is well known for his paintings because they capture day-to-day attributes. Gustave Courbet did not focus on just landscapes, his paintings ranged from nudes, still lifes, to…

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    Simply put modernism in a sense, is the resisting of the norm. Artists of the time who strayed away from the norm and used non-conventional techniques were seen as rebels. The use of avant-garde settings, tools, techniques and models, caused a rift in the emerging society, which essentially was the rise of modernism. Artists like Gustave Courbet and Edouard Manet all help with the formation of the new world with their new techniques and ideas. Gustave Courbet was what some would look at as a…

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    portraying or the message behind it, while others were just ok. Until I stumbled upon a painting located in the Impressionism Gallery on the 2nd floor by Gustave Courbet. The painting I chose to write about is called the Fox in the Snow by Gustave Courbet. I stumbled upon this piece when I…

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    Gustave Courbet's life begins June 10, 1819, in Ornans near Besancon in France. Art started for Gustave at a young age in a little seminary at Ornans. His teacher, "Le Pere Baud" decided to take his students out to nature to draw. "This was a very audacious step at that time. Up until the period of Romanticism the landscape did not exist in its own right; it was merely the setting for mythological or other compositions." (Boudaille, Georges. Gustave Courbet (New York: graphic society Ltd. 1969),…

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    Modern Realism

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    Realism was a mid 19th century art movement led by Gustave Courbet. It directly challenged the traditional conventions of academic art. Considered the father of Realism, he was an inspiration for many artists who would follow in Courbet’s defiance of artistic tradition. Specifically, realism sought to reject the idealized nature of painting and sculpture, in favor of a more realistic portrayal. Realists sought to portray contemporary life and real everyday situations, disregarding class…

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    Art In The 19th Century

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    The nineteenth century was a time of change in the artistic world. Artist started testing limits to see how they could introduce a whole new world of art. Some people considered the art to be a kind of culture shock and a scandalous way to express the artist talents. Scandalous is something that is considered improper, shocking, disgraceful, etc. (dictionary.com). There were three artist that really started this “scandalous” time period and they were Coubet, Daumier, and Manet. These three…

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    Paris. Unfortunately, he died in 1893. “Boule of Suif” (Ball of Fat”, 1880), was his first published story and was considered his masterpiece. Guy de Maupassant was born on August 5, 1850 in Dieppe, France. He was the first son of Laure Le Poittevin and Gustave de Maupassant. His parents were from prosperous bourgeois families. Maupassant’s mother, Laura loved her sons more than life itself. She believed that her sons were the only things in this life that could give her true happiness. When…

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    Some people say that telling the truth does more harm than good; yet if someone went around asking people whether they would want to know the truth rather than a lie most people’s answer would be truth. But why is this? Yes, the truth can bring peacefulness to one’s mind, but at the same time it can destroy a person completely. In “The Jewelry”, by Guy de Maupassant, through the marriage and death of M. Lantin’s first wife the reader sees the pros and cons of M. Lentin realizing the truth about…

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    Anita Desai's first novel Cry, the Peacock (1963), is about Maya, a dissenting female who battles against three traditional forces in her life: male authority expressed by her husband; her female friends who play stereotypical submissive-wife roles; and her religion's beliefs in karma and detachment. Being over-sensitive, sentimental and imaginative Maya is a total contrast to the rational, logical, Gautam. By making a beautiful use of the symbolic technique, Anita Desai has delved deep into the…

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