Artist At His Easel
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.787
People
Gustave Courbet, French (Ornans, France 1819 - 1877 La Tour-de-Peilzy, near Vevey, Switzerland)
Title
Artist at his Easel
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
1847-1848(?)
Culture
French
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Black chalk with traces of charcoal on cream antique laid paper; graphite outline on palette and lower edge of coat lapels (later addition?)
Dimensions
55.4 x 33.5 cm (21 13/16 x 13 3/16 in.)
Provenance
Juliette Courbet, sister of the artist; (Felix?) Gérard; Claude Roger-Marx, Paris; acquired from him through Martin Birnbaum by Grenville L. Winthrop, September 1938 (Fr 82,500 for cat. nos. 10 and 11); his bequest to the Fogg Art Museum, 1943.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
1943
Object Number
1943.787
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
Publication History

Alexandre Estignard, H[enri] Baron, sa vie, ses oeuvres, Delagrange-Louys (Besançon, 1896), pp. 151-52

Georges Riat, Gustave Courbet, peintre, Henri Floury (Paris, 1906), pp. 44, repro., 133, 386

Andre Fontainas, Courbet, F. Alcan (Paris, 1921), p. 85

Charles Léger, Courbet, Les Editions G. Crès & Cie. (Paris, France, 1929), p. 129

Pierre Courthion, Courbet, Librairie Floury (Paris, 1931)

Regina Shoolman and Charles E. Slatkin, Six Centuries of French Master Drawings in America, Oxford University Press (NY) and Oxford University Press (UK) (New York, NY, 1950), p. 166, pl. 94

Marie-Thérèse Lemoyne de Forges, "Autoportraits de Courbet.", La Revue du Louvre (Paris, 1972), 22, no. 6, p. 455, fig. 5

Marie-Thérèse Lemoyne de Forges, Suzy Delbourgo, and Lola Faillant, Autoportraits de Courbet., Editions des Musées Nationaux (Paris, 1973), no. 42, repro.

Bruno Foucart, G. Courbet, Flammarion and Crown Publishers Inc. (Paris, 1977), repro, pg. 87

Margret Stuffmann, "Courbet Zeichnungen", Courbet und Deutschland, DuMont (Cologne (Köln), 1978), pg. 326, fig. 2

Robert Fernier, La Vie et l'Oeuvre de Gustave Courbet, La Bibliothèque des Arts (Lausanne, Switzerland, 1978), vol. 2, p. 286, no. 17, repro.

Petra ten-Doesschate Chu, "Into the Modern Era: The Evolution of Realist and Naturalist Drawing.", The Realist Tradition: French Painting and Drawings, 1830-1900, Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland, OH, 1980), pp. 25-27, fig. 39

Pierre Courthion, L'Opera Completa di Courbet, Rizzoli Editore (Milan, Italy, 1985), repr. p. 134

Martha Tedeschi, Great Drawings from The Art Institute of Chicago: The Harold Joachim Years..., The Art Institute of Chicago/Hudson Hills Press (Chicago, IL and New York, NY, 1985), p. 138 (under no. 62)

Michael Fried, Courbet's Realism, The University of Chicago Press (Chicago, 1990), pg. 95, repro. pg. 96

Bruno Foucart, Courbet, Flammarion (Paris, France, 1995), repr. p. 39

Christopher Riopelle, Harvard's Winthrop Collection: Nineteenth-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, exh. cat., National Gallery Company Limited (London, 2003), p. 41, cat. 28, ill.

Valérie Bajou, Courbet, Société Nouvelle Adam Biro (Paris, 2003), repr. p. 51

Stephan Wolohojian, Ingres, Burne-Jones, Whistler, Renoir... La Collection Grenville L. Winthrop, exh. cat., Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon and Réunion des Musées Nationaux (Paris, France, 2003), no. 10, repr.

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press (New York, NY, 2003), cat. no. 10, repr. (color)

Fabrice Masanès, Gustave Courbet 1819-1877: The Last of the Romantics, Taschen (Cologne, 2006), repr. p. 7

Ségolène Le Men, Courbet, Citadelles & Mazenod (Paris, 2007), p. 50, fig. 33

Petra ten-Doesschate Chu, The Most Arrogant Man in France: Gustave Courbet and the Nineteenth-Century Media Culture, Princeton University Press (Princeton and Oxford, 2007), p. 37 and fig. 24

Deanna Petherbridge, The Primacy of Drawing: Histories and Theories of Practice, Yale University Press (New Haven and London, 2010), p. 137, pl. 86

Heather McPherson, "The Artist in His Studio: Dress, Milieu and Masculine Identity", Interior Portraiture and Masculine Identity in France, 1789-1914, ed. Temma Balducci and Heather Belnap Jensen, Ashgate Publishing Company (Burlington, VT, 2011), pp. 83-99, pp. 85, 87, repr. p. 86 as fig. 5.1 (listed p. ix as fig. 5.1)

Vincent Pomarède, "La Collection Winthrop: A la recherche de la beauté pure", L'Estampille/L'Objet d'Art (April 2003), no. 379, pp. 34-45, p. 44

Sylvain Boyer, "Les autoportraits: Journal intime du peintre.", Dossier de l'art, SFBD/Archeologia S.A (Dijon, July 1997), 39, p. 34, repro.

Thea Jirat-Wasiutynski, "Tonal Drawing and the Use of Charcoal in Nineteenth Century France.", Drawing, The Drawing Society (New York, March-April 1990), 11, no. 6, pg. 123, fig. 6

Vojtech Jirat-Wasiutynski and Thea Jirat-Wasiutynski, "The Uses of Charcoal in Drawing", Arts Magazine (October 1980), vol. 55, no. 2, pp. 128-135, p. 133, fig. 15

Michael Fried, "Painter into Painting: On Courbet's 'After Dinner at Ornans' and 'Stonebreakers'", Critical Inquiry, The University of Chicago Press (Chicago, Summer 1982), 8, p. 631, fig. 7

"L'imagerie du visage de Courbet", Visages, Visages, Musée Maison Natale Gustave Courbet (Ornans, Summer 1984), dossier 1, fig.24

Exhibition History

Salon de 1849, Palais des Tuileries, Paris, 06/15/1849 - 12/31/1849

Exhibition et vente de 40 tableaux et 4 dessins de l'oeuvre de M. Gustave Courbet, Pavillon du Réalisme, Paris, 01/01/1855 - 01/01/1855

Exposition des oeuvres de M. G. Courbet, Rond-Point du Pont de l'Alma, Paris, 01/01/1867 - 01/01/1867

Exposition des oeuvres de Gustave Courbet, École Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 01/01/1882 - 01/01/1882

Exposition Universelle de 1900, Exposition de Paris, Paris, 04/15/1900 - 11/12/1900

A Century of French Drawings, from Prud'hon to Picasso, Matthiesen Gallery, London, 01/01/1938 - 01/01/1938

A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, Lyon, 03/15/2003 - 05/26/2003; National Gallery, London, 06/25/2003 - 09/14/2003; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 10/23/2003 - 01/25/2004

Modern Art and Modernity, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/31/2013 - 06/01/2013

Verification Level

3 - Good. Object is well described and information is vetted