Gustave Courbet:
"Flower Still Life"

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Gustave Courbet:
"Flower Still Life"

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Limited, 950 exemplars | Original Dietz replica | Oil on canvas | On wedge frame | Genuine wood strip | Format 72.5 x 91 cm (H/W)

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Gustave Courbet: "Flower Still Life"

Original: Oil on canvas, Hamburger Kunsthalle.

Original Dietz replica in 85 colors. Oil on canvas. Limited edition, 950 exemplars. Each canvas replica is stretched as the original on a wedge frame, so that you can readjust the stretching in case of possible fluctuations of room temperature and air humidity. Framed with white gilded genuine wood strip. Format ca. 72.5 x 91 cm (H/W).

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The French painter fled to Switzerland in 1873, where he died on December 31, 1877. As a follower of the revolutionary government in the Franco–Prussian War 1870–71 and a member of the community, after its defeat was made responsible for the toppling of the Vendôme Column, a symbol of the hated empire. After a six-month prison sentence, he eluded the cost of reestablishment by escaping to Switzerland.

Born on 10th of June 1819 in Ornans at Besançon Courbet began his training for a law degree but soon found greater interest in painting. This training was also abandoned for the sake of autodidactic further education. Soon, he found his characteristic style: detail, plasticity and high expressiveness. It is also realism that illustrates his anti-authoritarian and social awareness. In his writings, he declared: "The art of painting can consist only in the representation of objects visible and tangible to the painter. (...) Realism is essentially a democratic art.“
However, Courbet found no recognition in France during his lifetime but was valued all the more in Germany. His works had a great influence on such painters as Wilhelm Leibl and Hans Thoma. His landscapes and figure paintings are not just realistic depictions of nature but often have an allegorical claim.

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