Friday, May 27, 2011

Courbet, Gustave

The Sleeping Spinner
oil on canvas
Height: 91 cm (35.83 in.), Width: 115 cm (45.28 in.)
Musee Fabre, Montpellier (France)

Gustave Courbet (1819-1877), French painter, occupies an important place in 19th century French painting as an innovator and as an artist willing to make bold social commentary in his work.
'I am fifty years old and I have always lived in freedom; let me end my life free; when I am dead let this be said of me: He belonged to no school, to no church, to no institution, to no academy, least of all to any régime except the régime of liberty.'