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“Landscape with a Dead Horse”, Gustave Courbet - description of the painting

“Landscape with a Dead Horse”, Gustave Courbet - description of the painting

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Landscape with a dead horse - Gustav Courbet. 45 x 56

Gustave Courbet is an outstanding French artist, the founder of realism. Courbet said that painting should show those things that the master saw or touched them.

The plot of the picture is mysterious: in the center of the composition on the side of the road in the middle of the thicket carcass of a dead white horse. The figure of a man who escapes into the depths of the forest is hardly distinguishable. For the viewer, what happened remains a mystery: was the animal killed or did the person have nothing to do with it, but simply witnesses the accident? Contemporaries noted the courage with which Courbet showed the horse, not at all afraid to shock the audience. The master firmly decided to reflect the truth of life, no matter how unsightly it may be.

If you mentally remove the figures of a horse and a man, the landscape background in the presented work will not be lost, but, on the contrary, will be captivated by a combination of warm green shades.

Watch the video: Realism (July 2022).


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