Courbet and the Modern Landscape
October 15, 2006–January 7, 2007
The Walters Art Museum
600 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
As the exclusive East coast venue, the Walters Art Museum will present a major exhibition devoted exclusively to the landscape paintings of Gustave Courbet (1819–1877), one of the leading painters of 19th-century France. This show will focus on approximately 40 landscape paintings demonstrating how Courbet was a radical innovator both in the themes he chose to paint and in the dramatic brushwork of his paintings. Despite its enormous impact on the next generation of avant-garde painters (who would be called the Impressionists), Courbet’s landscape painting has received surprisingly little attention in exhibition form. The Walters has partnered with The Peabody Conservatory to create a unique viewing experience for visitors to the exhibition. Music will be intertwined with sounds, such as wind and water, and further enhanced through a subtle lighting effect simulating the changing intensity of light from dawn to dusk.
Wednesday–Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Walters venue is presented by The Women’s Committee of the Walters Art Museum with additional support provided by Mr. and Mrs. Austin H. George.
Courbet and the Modern Landscape has been organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Walters Art Museum. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities.
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