Friday, February 12, 2010

The Friday Evening Nudes - Jean-Désiré-Gustave Courbet

The Artist's Studio
Begun in late 1854, he completed it in six weeks. "The world comes to be painted at my studio" said Courbet. The figures in the painting are allegorical representations of various influences on Courbet's artistic life. On the left are human figures from all levels of society. In the center, Courbet works on a landscape, while turned away from a nude model who is a symbol of academic art tradition. On the right are friends and associates of Courbet including writers George Sand and Charles Baudelaire, Champfleury, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, and collector Alfred Bruyas   wikipedia entry

Jean-Désiré-Gustave Courbet 
The Woman in the Waves
Metropolitan Museum of Art



  1. I love your new format
    it really shows off the photos
    I have to look for where the sidebar stuff went, should have done that first

    Woman in the Waves is my favorite

  2. All good examples. Who did the one below the woman in the waves?

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  4. Well I guess I can't always be agreeable... I've never much liked Courbet. His personality bothers me, but mostly I don't like his compositions - or rather what seems to me to be a lack of compositions. The nudes are lovely, and I like the curves, but they seem unreal or without substance in some way I can't explain.

    They just don't do a thing for me.

  5. I've always been an admirer of Courbet and you've come up with an excellent selection for the Friday extravaganza. The woman with the bird is a particular favorite.

  6. Voluptuous!

    By the way, I put up another XTC for you. Hope you saw it.


  7. Di: at the bottom of each post, to the right, is a link labeled "older posts". If you keep clicking it, you'll find each post that comes before it. I could also put more than one post on each page. I'm thinking of doing that so people can just scroll down for the last three or so posts? What do you think?

    Kenju: these are all Courbet nudes. Aren't they lovely?

    Steve: I love Courbet. Are you feeling contrary tonight? ;-) Just joking! I'm afraid I don't see what you see. But that's art for you!

    Bear: more XTC!!! Excellent! Thank you!

    Love to you all!

  8. for some reason, these all look the same to me, just in different poses...i was looking at the second, third and last and they must be all the same woman?...they are all beautiful however...i love the bird one too, the bird is amazing ;)

    happy heart do to you, dear gina♥

  9. Linda: they do look like the same woman. Not sure if there is info on the model. I love Courbet but I can see how the nudes would take on a similar look. Lots of love to you and yours, darlin'.

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