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Presentation Title

Courbet's Landscapes and the Second Empire

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Nicolette Zorn '13Follow

Location

Durand 208

Abstract

This talk presents a political reading of French painter Gustave Courbet’s landscapes (1855-1877). Courbet’s landscapes generally depict places near his hometown in Franche-Comte. While Courbet’s earlier genre paintings visibly critiqued the Second Empire, and his more controversial history paintings made him infamous to the regime and the public, his landscapes have not been interpreted in this political light. My research focuses on the social history of the time, as well as the paintings themselves, to argue that Courbet’s landscapes comment on Napoleon III’s projects to increase industrialization and extend transportation capabilities from Paris to other regions of France.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-9-2013 10:00 AM

End Date

4-9-2013 10:20 AM

Panel

Panel: Arts, Politics and Society in France

Panel Moderator

Ann Roberts

Field of Study for Presentation

Art History

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Apr 9th, 10:00 AM Apr 9th, 10:20 AM

Courbet's Landscapes and the Second Empire

Durand 208

This talk presents a political reading of French painter Gustave Courbet’s landscapes (1855-1877). Courbet’s landscapes generally depict places near his hometown in Franche-Comte. While Courbet’s earlier genre paintings visibly critiqued the Second Empire, and his more controversial history paintings made him infamous to the regime and the public, his landscapes have not been interpreted in this political light. My research focuses on the social history of the time, as well as the paintings themselves, to argue that Courbet’s landscapes comment on Napoleon III’s projects to increase industrialization and extend transportation capabilities from Paris to other regions of France.