Gustave Courbet

1819 - 1877

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Jean Désiré Gustave Courbet (UK: KOOR-bay, US: koor-BAY, French: [ɡystav kuʁbɛ]; 10 June 1819 – 31 December 1877) was a French painter who led the Realism movement in 19th-century French painting. Committed to painting only what he could see, he rejected academic convention and the Romanticism of the previous generation of visual artists. His independence set an example that was important to later artists, such as the Impressionists and the Cubists. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gustave Courbet has received more than 1,389,099 page views. His biography is available in 66 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 62 in 2019). Gustave Courbet is the 44th most popular painter (down from 42nd in 2019), the 91st most popular biography from France (down from 80th in 2019) and the 11th most popular French Painter.

Gustave Courbet is most famous for his realistic paintings of peasants and other working-class people.

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Among painters, Gustave Courbet ranks 44 out of 1,428Before him are René Magritte, Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Joan Miró, Masaccio, Artemisia Gentileschi, and Tintoretto. After him are Nicolas Poussin, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Caspar David Friedrich, Paul Klee, Egon Schiele, and Kazimir Malevich.

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Among people born in 1819, Gustave Courbet ranks 2Before him is Queen Victoria. After him are Jacques Offenbach, Clara Schumann, Albert, Prince Consort, Herman Melville, Léon Foucault, Walt Whitman, Sir George Stokes, 1st Baronet, Báb, John Ruskin, and Hippolyte Fizeau. Among people deceased in 1877, Gustave Courbet ranks 1After him are Brigham Young, Adolphe Thiers, Saigō Takamori, Urbain Le Verrier, Crazy Horse, Henry Fox Talbot, Maria Anna of Bavaria, Amalie Auguste of Bavaria, Sophie of Württemberg, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and Ludwig Ritter von Köchel.

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In France

Among people born in France, Gustave Courbet ranks 91 out of 5,234Before him are Louis Philippe I (1773), Francis II of France (1544), Jean-Baptiste Lamarck (1744), Sarah Bernhardt (1844), Marcel Duchamp (1887), and Louis IX of France (1214). After him are Peter Abelard (1079), Nicolas Poussin (1594), Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864), Charles X of France (1757), Napoleon II (1811), and Louis XVIII of France (1755).

Among PAINTERS In France

Among painters born in France, Gustave Courbet ranks 11Before him are Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841), Édouard Manet (1832), Eugène Delacroix (1798), Edgar Degas (1834), Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780), and Jacques-Louis David (1748). After him are Nicolas Poussin (1594), Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864), Georges Braque (1882), Jean-François Millet (1814), Théodore Géricault (1791), and Georges Seurat (1859).