Gustave Courbet: Rise and Fall of a Master

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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)."

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