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Gustave Courbet, Le Lac Léman et les Dents du Midi
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TITLE:  Le Lac Léman et les Dents du Midi
ARTIST:  Gustave Courbet (French, 1819–1877)
CATEGORY:  Paintings
MATERIALS:  Oil on canvas
MARKINGS:  Signed lower right: G Courbet
SIZE:  h: 73.5 x w: 92.5 cm / h: 28.9 x w: 36.4 in
PRICE*:  Contact Gallery for Price
GALLERY:  Stair Sainty Gallery  +44 (0)20 7493 4542  Send Email

Courbet had welcomed France’s Third Republic but when it appeared to him to be capitulating to Germany, he aligned with the revolutionary opposition government of the Commune. Though the artist resigned before the toppling of the Vendôme Column he was made the scapegoat for the act and sentenced to jail. Following an initial release from prison, a new trial in 1873 led to the seizure of Courbet’s property and threats that either he pay the whole cost of restoring the Column, or face another prison term. Courbet chose instead exile in Switzerland.

After settling near Lausanne the artist began to again paint actively; Courbet seemed captivated by the ever-changing view across Lac Leman up the steep mountains and completed a series of these views in his studio in La-Tour-de-Peilz. Surrounded by a large community of French political refugees in Switzerland at the time, the landscape surely reminded Courbet of his hometown ofOrnans in the Jura mountains.

ONLINE CATALOGUE(S):  Stair Sainty Gallery Inventory Catalogue
LITERATURE:  To be included in the forthcoming supplement to the Courbet catalogue raisonné by Jean-Jacques Fernier (letter 19 July 2007) as Oeuvre de la main de Courbet, with a date of 1877; Sarah Faunce (Courbet Catalogue Raisonné Project) confirms in a letter dated 7 December 2006 that she will include the painting in her forthcoming catalogue raisonné on Gustave Courbet.
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