Courbet: Mapping Realism
September 1 - December 8, 2013
This exhibition maps the travels and influence on foreign artists of one of France’s most prolific and innovative painters, the leader of the realist movement, Gustave Courbet. It expands upon an exhibition shown at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium in Brussells from May to August 2013 titled Gustave Courbet & Belgium, which examined the role Belgium played in Courbet’s development and the warm response the bold social commentary in his work received from Beligan artists and collectors. Courbet: Mapping Realism adds additional paintings by Courbet in American collections to tell the story of his reception here. An outstanding selection of paintings by Courbet’s American contemporaries, including Elizabeth Boott Duveneck, Martin Johnson Heade, Winslow Homer, Eastman Johnson, and John Large reveals the role he played in shaping American painting. A volume of essays by American and Belgian scholars (Claude Cernuschi, Jeffery Howe, Jean-Philippe Huys, Dominique Marechal, and Katherine Nahum) edited by Howe accompanies the exhibition.