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Thérèse Raquin: From The Shadows of Desire

I first encountered Émile Zola’s anti-love story Thérèse Raquin, by that giant of 19th century French literature that gave us J’accuse, sometime in the winter of 2006 when recovering from my first genuine French love affair. 893 more words


Courbet's painting

Courbet’s painting, L’Atelier, of 1855, presented groups of realistically painted persons surrounding the artist himself at work in his studio. The painting was subtitled une allegorie reelle and intended to show on one side the people of the practical life and on the other those concerned with feeling and thought, both equally arrested in a state of dream like suspension, while the painter alone, vigorously at work on a canvas, held the center as the only person actively dealing with reality. 101 more words

Exploration - Art History

Desperate... for attention!

#selfportraitweek continues with Gustave Courbet’s The Desperate Man. At this time of his career, Courbet had yet to develop his realistic painting style. He used his self-portraits to find his own artistic style. 81 more words

Courbet: 'The Desperate Man'


Courbet’s painting ‘The Desperate Man’ is a captivating self portrait, capturing pathos and desperation in his eyes. The viewer is left with questions such as: ‘what has caused this despair?’ or ‘why is he pulling at his hair in such a distressed manner?’ I feel the painting, especially a as self-portrait, gives the viewer an insight into the artist’s life and inner emotion. 112 more words


Gustave Courbet // A study

The art of painting should only be concerned with painting things that are tangible and visible to the artist, Courbet was quoted as saying. (Fernier,1969, p.28) … 1,823 more words