Gustave Courbet (French, 1819-1877)
c. 1865 -1866
Oil on canvas 
19-3/4 x 24 in. (50.2 x 61cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
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© The Norton Simon Foundation 
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Gustave Courbet traveled to Trouville, on the Normandy coast, in the fall of 1865. There he painted twenty-five pictures of the autumn sea and sky, “each,” he wrote to his father, “more free and extraordinary than the last.” The artist was not one for false modesty or for falseness of any kind. Frank pictures, frankly painted, his landscapes refuse to deceive us about their own making. At once luminous and opaque, canvases like this one are so thick with pigment that some critics accused Courbet of laying on his paint with a trowel.


Jean-Baptiste Faure (1830-1914), Paris.
[Durand-Ruel, Paris].
F. Lindet; by 1902, (Lindet sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 6 May 1953, lot 8, ill.)
[Galerie Jacques Dubourg, Paris; sold December 1953 to];
[Roland, Browse & Delbanco, London; sold 29 March 1954 to];
R. C. Pritchard (sale, Geneva, Christie’s, 6 November 1969, lot 170, ill.).
[E.V. Thaw and Co., New York; sold 1970 to];
The Norton Simon Foundation.

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