I wanted to thank you for your online store, MisterArt.com, and particularly for the speedy processing and shipment of my order. I know that my order wasn't a large one, but as I am physically disabled...and the swiftness of your shipping is invaluable to me as it is very difficult for me to get out and "shop" as most others can.

Dennis San Diego, CA

More Testimonials »

Gustav Courbet

Gustav Courbet

(1819 - 1877)
Born: Ornans, France
Style: Realism
Famous Works:
  • The Desperate Man (Self-Portrait) (1843-45)
  • Bonjour, Monsieur Courbet (1854)
  • Studio of a Painter: A Real Allegory Summarizing My Seven Years as an Artist (1854-55)
Gustave Courbet was one of the first artists to portray realism in his paintings, displaying a fearlessness of previously neglected subjects. He chose not to censor his portraits in acquiescence to the church or established hierarchy. Instead, the paintings of Courbet were uninhibited and honest. This new approach was in part inspired by the mastery of outdoor landscape painting of his elder colleague Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot. However, in Courbet's work there was the added desire to break from the traditions of religious and academic subjects. This was a new, anti-intellectual kind of artwork called Realism. In fact Courbet coined this term in a one-man show by the same title in Paris in 1855. Courbet did not desire to portray the calculated beauty of the paintings to which bourgeois society was accustomed. Intentionally disregarding what was considered pleasing, his compositions were seemingly random and therefore unpretentious. He did not use garish colors or other catchy affects of painters before him. By stripping his paintings of all these conventional methods, he was signaling the viewers to reestablish what was sincere and was true. No longer were there reenactments of classical myths, or references to history. Courbet's paintings were simply about man in the landscape. His work played a major role in the career of Édouard Manet, Camille Pissarro, and Claude Monet, as well as many other Impressionists.
Feeling inspired? Try out these fine products…

Up to 56% Off

Series 400 Premium Recycled Sketch Pads

by Strathmore

Perfect for on-the-go sketching

Up to 47% Off

Integra Field and Studio Easel

by Martin/Universal

Dual-purpose aluminum tripod easel

From $8.99

Colored Pencil Drawing Set

by Royal & Langnickel

Jump right in to colored pencil art

Up to 55% Off

Up to 53% Off

Art Pony

by Klopfenstein

Draw when seated or when standing

Up to 40% Off

Deal of the Week
(valid thru Aug 22)
 

Faux Bristle Floggers

by Royal & Langnickel

4 in.

Create amazing wood grains

  Faux Bristle Floggers

 
List: $49.99
 
Non-Member: $22.49
55% OFF
 
VIP Member: $16.49
67% OFF

Latest Product Reviews

This is the best product for cleaning your technical pens. I also use it for cleaning my Waterman Fountain pens, and it works great!
- Professor in Somerset, NJ
I absolutely love these markers. The colors are beautiful. They are easy to use as well. These are a good price too.
- ShellyOtt in Orlando, FL
I have been using this product for years and find that it works perfectly on my gessoed wood pieces. The biggest complaint I have is that over the years Grumbacher has downsized the size of the bottle, now making it only available in these small, expensive quantities. I would like for them to offer them in a larger size.
- Marie in New Mexico

Free Download for Kids

Download free coloring book pages Download FREE
coloring book
pages to color at
home or school.

View Pages »

Please wait...
Please wait...