The German Huntsman∞ Gustave Courbet 1859 Oil on Canvas Lons-le-Saunier Musée des Beaux-Arts
“In our so very civilized society it is necessary for me to live the life of a savage. I must be free even of governments. The people have my sympathies, I must address myself to them directly.” – Gustave Courbet
“In a sense, Courbet is a promiscuous artist: he likes to imagine himself in the landscape of childhood, or in the hostile world of winter, or at the seashore. And this promiscuity jibes with the largeness of the personality that we know from the history books – of the man who got involved and messed up in political developments around the Commune, and who made dramatic gestures, as when, in anger over the rejection of some paintings from the Universal Exposition of 1855, he opened his own pavilion. But what the public histories don’t really tell us is the extent to which the man could be authentic in different situations. That’s what the paintings tell us. The bravado of the paint handling resolves into a perfect transparency of expression…”Jed Perl, "Gallery Going"