The Desperate Man (Self-Portrait) by Gustave Courbet


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The Desperate Man (Self-Portrait) by Gustave Courbet The Desperate Man (Self-Portrait) by Gustave Courbet

Artist: Gustave Courbet (1819 – 1877)

Nationality: French

Completion Date: 1845

Style: Romanticism

Genre: Portrait

Location: Private Collection

Many of Courbet’s early paintings from the 1840’s are self-portraits, such as this one. As he had yet to truly develop his realistic painting style, many of these self-portraits are Romantic in style, illustrating the smooth lines and perfection of form of the Romantic school of painting. As a method of self-promotion and advertisement, Courbet made an impression with his self-portraits, and used them to find his own artistic style. After this period, Courbet became convinced that painters should illustrate the world around them as they see it and his realistic work in the later 1840’s gained support among younger realist and neo-romantic painters.

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I am a freelance writer and poet and started writing after raising my two boys as a way of discovering just who Jez is. That is still very much an on-going project but the journey so far has introduced me to many wonderful friends and fellow writers through an ever growing love of poetry.
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