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Artists call the shots

Article by Pac Pobric

“I conquer freedom; I save the independence of art.” So Gustave Courbet, the self-proclaimed “proudest and most arrogant man in France”, described his decision to skirt participation in the French state-sponsored Exposition Universelle in 1855 and install, instead, an independent tent full of his own paintings just outside the expo’s doors on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. 1,333 more words

Contemporary Art

A photo a day - the feast of the immaculate conception or the origin of the world

The miraculous event of The Virgin Mary conceiving Christ is celebrated by some people today and so today’s photo took that as its inspiration along with Gustave Courbet’s The Origin of the World. 67 more words


Art and Decoration

Jackson Pollock, Cathedral (1947), enamel and aluminum paint on canvas, Dallas Museum of Art

The border between art and decoration can be as fuzzy as a political boundary in the desert. 520 more words


Controversy in Allegory: Masson and Courbet

On the 28th of October 1987, the French Surrealist artist André Masson died at the respectable age of 91 in Paris. Important exponent of automatism in the visual arts, Masson worked in a manner equivalent to the literary ‘stream of consciousness’, allowing his hand free rein from conscious thought and premeditated composition. 815 more words