Landscape with Large Trees

c. 1870
(French, 1819–1877)
Support: Brown wove paper (discolored)
Sheet: 38.1 x 52.4 cm (15 x 20 5/8 in.)
Catalogue raisonné: Fernier 48; Güdel 54
Location: not on view
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The slightly blurred appearance of this drawing recalls a similar effect common in early landscape photography.


The relatively few drawings that Gustave Courbet produced include the group of landscapes to which this example belongs. Rather than referencing a specific place, it combines a wide range of source material—tourist destinations the artist visited in Switzerland, his home in the Franche-Comté region, and paintings by Claude Lorrain and other historical landscapists. Courbet began by applying a hazy middletone in charcoal before adding detail with a darker, sharpened stick. Although surely appealing to collectors of the time, such works also had ideological significance, presenting an untouched terrain that suggested independence and freedom.
Landscape with Large Trees

Landscape with Large Trees

c. 1870

Gustave Courbet

(French, 1819–1877)
France, 19th century

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