Courbet and the Modern Landscape
October 15, 2006-January 7, 2007
Organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum, this is the first international loan exhibition to focus exclusively on the landscape paintings of Gustave Courbet (1819-77). Courbet's landscape paintings of the 1860s defined the essential artistic issues that would concern the next generation of avant-garde painters (who would be called the impressionists), changing the course of painting for the next 100 years. Despite its enormous significance, Courbet's landscape painting received surprisingly little consideration in exhibition form. This show will focus on approximately 40 landscape paintings, which will demonstrate how Courbet was a radical innovator both in the motifs he chose to paint and in the dramatic brushwork of his paintings. The exhibition opened at the Getty Museum, Feb. 21-May 14, 2006, and travel to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, June 18-Sept. 10, 2006, before coming to the Walters.
Gustave Courbet, The Gust of Wind (Le Coup de vent), ca. 1865, oil on canvas, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Gift of Caroline Wiess Law