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Marine, c. 1865 -1866

Gustave Courbet

French, 1819-1877
Oil on canvas
19-3/4 x 24 in. (50.2 x 61cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation
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Gustave Courbet traveled to Trouville, on the Normandy coast, in the fall of 1865. There he painted twenty-five pictures of the autumn sea and sky, “each,” he wrote to his father, “more free and extraordinary than the last.” The artist was not one for false modesty or for falseness of any kind. Frank pictures, frankly painted, his landscapes refuse to deceive us about their own making. At once luminous and opaque, canvases like this one are so thick with pigment that some critics accused Courbet of laying on his paint with a trowel.

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