The Stream Of Plaisir-Fontaine

Gustave Courbet

French, 1819 - 1877

The Stream of Plaisir-Fontaine, ca. 1866

  • On View

Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 26 × 32 1/4 in. (66 × 81.9 cm)
Image: 31 × 37 in. (78.7 × 94 cm)

Gift of The Whiting Foundation through Donald Johnson, 1981.26

Gustave Courbet was a revolutionary force in nineteenth-century art. His adaptation of traditional techniques to express a new concept of realism scandalized the Salon of 1850. His ideas and techniques inspired several artists, including Édouard Manet and Claude Monet. Courbet rejected the abstract idealization and sentimentality that preoccupied so many of his contemporaries, declaring himself to be “the pupil of nature.” His personal interest for hunting logically led him to explore landscape motifs, like the one seen in Le ruisseau de Plaisir-Fontaine. The view depicted here is actually within a few miles of his childhood home in Ornans.

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