The Woman in the Waves by Gustave Courbet

The Woman in the Waves

(Die Frau in den Wellen)


Gustave Courbet

1868   ·  Öl auf Leinwand  ·  Picture ID: 31682

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Gustave Courbet is one of those painters of the 19th century who revolutionized painting and exerted a lasting influence on the artists of the following generations. Uncompromising as he was, he strictly refused to operate his art in accordance with the conventions and tastes of the masses. Courbet despised the elitist academic-symbolist painting of his day. Rather, he sought a democratically realistic style of painting, with which he expressed the sensual reality on the one hand and the underlying idealistic truth to the other. With this, and also with his direct style of painting emphasizing the brushstroke, he laid the foundation for Impressionist painting.

Courbet finished "The Woman in the Waves" in 1868, right in the middle of his realistic period. On the other hand, while looking aesthetically into the future, the image also contains traditional elements. The woman in the lake is undecided as a motive. It could be a simple woman of the people, with which Courbet would have satisfied its democratic and social aspect. On the other hand, the figure has at the same time mythological and romantic features, which the artist makes clear with the suggested hair and the mannered pose. It is the classic and timeless motif of a bather, which Courbet refers to here and will still employ many an artist after him, especially Paul Cézanne and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

With the provocative of the motive Courbet again opposed the academic conventions of his time. The woman is placed in the foreground of the room, so she masters the entire composition. She jumps into the eye of the beholder as well as the individual parts of her bare upper body, which the painter exposes in a provocative way. While the lowered head and the dreamy gaze anchor her in the realm of the mythological, her plump breasts and her armpit hair are of this world. The situation is similar with the other room and picture elements. The gloomy background and the lighting of the foreground give the scenery an exciting drama, while the representation of the water and the waves testify to the detail of the realist Courbet.

The Woman in the Waves by Gustave Courbet
sadness · hair · lonley · naked · breasts · water · splashing · worry · lake · rocks
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16.04.2021
Horst Z.
Art print on Canvas Matte, 54cm x 65cm, stretched on stretcher.
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Other art prints by Gustave Courbet
The Origin of the World The Origin of the World, 1866 Woman in White Stockings, c.1861 The Sleepers Sleep The Castle of Blonay The Woman in the Waves Still Life with Apples and a Pomegranate, 1871-72 The Cliffs at Etretat after the storm, 1870 The Death of the Stag, 1859 The Charente at Port-Bertaud, 1862 Storm at Sea, 1865 Hector Berlioz (1803-69) 1850 Low Tide at Trouville The Etretat Cliffs after the Storm, 1870 The Stormy Sea
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Female Nude Nude Study or, Nude Female from the Back Reclining Nude, late 19thearly 20th century Reclining Nude, Reclining Nude Seated Female Nude, Elbows Resting on Right Knee, 1914. Forward flexed female nude Nude Lying On A Sofa Against A Red Curtain Half length nude, right arm raised to head Woman Bathing, 1901 Standing Female Nude Study of a Seated Nude French nude and a doll Nude reclining Reclining Female Nude
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Female Nude Nude Study or, Nude Female from the Back Reclining Nude, late 19thearly 20th century Reclining Nude, Reclining Nude Seated Female Nude, Elbows Resting on Right Knee, 1914. Forward flexed female nude Nude Lying On A Sofa Against A Red Curtain Half length nude, right arm raised to head Woman Bathing, 1901 Standing Female Nude Study of a Seated Nude French nude and a doll Nude reclining Reclining Female Nude
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