Gustave Courbet, “Les Demoiselles des bords de la Seine, été (Young Ladies on the Banks of the Seine, Summer),” 1856–1857.
Oil on canvas, 174 x 200 cm.*

Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
15 October 2010 – 30 January 2011

The French painter Gustave Courbet (1819–1877) ranks among the most fascinating nineteenth-century artists. He is regarded as the crucial pioneer of political realistic painting and as a revolutionary of the Paris Commune. But Courbet also had an entirely different side: he was one of the great dreamers in history.

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