Courbet was still working on this large landscape, intended for the Paris Universal Exposition of 1879, when he died in December 1877. He painted it during his exile in Switzerland, where he had fled after being condemned for subversive activities in the Paris Commune of 1871. The view looks south over Lake Geneva toward the mountains called Les Dents du Midi. While some areas are heavily worked with a palette knife, the lower right remains unfinished.
Paris, Grand Palais; London, Royal Academy. Gustave Courbet, 1819-1877 (1977-78), no. 132 (repr.).
Brooklyn Museum; Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Courbet Reconsidered (1988-89), no. 89 (repr.).
Lausanne, Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts. Courbet: Artiste et entrepreneur (1998-99).
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2/21/2006 - 5/14/2006) and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (6/18/2006 - 9/10/2006): "Courbet and the Modern Landscape"
CMA (organizer). Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea: Dec. 18, 2006 - March 31, 2007; Seoul Olympic Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea: Apr. 7 - May 20, 2007; Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: June 9 - Sept. 16, 2007; Cleveland Museum of Art, Oct. 21, 2007- January 13, 2008; Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN, Feb. 21-June 1, 2008; Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT, June 22 - September 21, 2008; and the Detroit Institute of Arts, MI, October 12, 2008 - January 18, 2009: "Modern Masters from the Cleveland Museum of Art"
Musée Rath, Geneva, Switzerland (9/5/2014 - 1/4/2015): "Gustave Courbet. Les anées suisses"