Isolated Rock (Le Rocher isolé)
On View: European Art Galleries, 5th floor
This seascape highlights an important aspect of Gustave Courbet’s painting practice. Rather than a traditional brush, he used a palette knife to apply the paint in broad, rough patches. This technique evokes the atmosphere of the wind-blown clouds and the coarse texture of the rock, which, in its centrality and isolation, seems to take on a melancholy, human quality.
By the 1860s, Courbet was a well-known champion of Realism—an approach that typically found its subject matter in the daily lives of France’s working class, as well as the various topographies of land and sea.
Oil on canvas
25 1/2 x 32 in. (64.8 x 81.3 cm)
frame: 33 1/8 x 39 5/8 x 2 3/4 in. (84.1 x 100.6 x 7 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower left: "G. Courbet."
Gift of Mrs. Horace O. Havemeyer
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Gustave Courbet (French, 1819-1877). Isolated Rock (Le Rocher isolé), ca. 1862. Oil on canvas, 25 1/2 x 32 in. (64.8 x 81.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Horace O. Havemeyer, 41.1258 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 41.1258_PS11.jpg)
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