Gustave Courbet: Rise and Fall of a Master

Gustave Courbet, Self-Portrait at Sainte-Pelagie, 1871, Musee-Maison Natale Gust
Gustave Courbet, Self-Portrait at Sainte-Pelagie, 1871, Musee-Maison Natale Gustave Courbet,/ Giraudon / The Bridgeman Art Library International

Mary Tompkins Lewis profiles the recently expanded Musée Courbet in Ornans, France.

The expansion, Lewis notes, allows visitors to better understand the arc of Courbet's career. She adds: "The Musée Courbet also locates the artist securely within his native locale. One can glimpse from its windows the same chalky, limestone cliffs that Courbet painted with a palette knife and thick slabs of pigment, or the glimmer of scattered sunlight on the glassy stretch of the river seen here in his "Vue d'Ornans" (c. 1872)."