The Artist's Studio

The Artist's Studio

Infobox Painting|

title=The Artist's Studio: A Real Allegory
other_title_1=L'Atelier du peintre
artist=Gustave Courbet
type=Oil on canvas
museum=Musee d'Orsay

"The Artist's Studio (L'Atelier du peintre): A Real Allegory of a Seven Year Phase in my Artistic and Moral Life" is an 1855 oil painting on canvas by Gustave Courbet. It is located in the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, France.

Begun in late 1854, he completed it in six weeks. "The world comes to be painted at my studio" said Courbet. The figures in the painting are allegorical representations of various influences on Courbet's artistic life. On the left are human figures from all levels of society. In the center, Courbet works on a landscape, while turned away from a nude model who is a symbol of academic art tradition. On the right are friends and associates of Courbet including writers George Sand and Charles Baudelaire, Champfleury, and Pierre-Joseph Proudhon.

The 1855 Paris World Fair's jury accepted eleven of Courbet's work, but refused this one. So, in an act of self promotion Courbet, with the help of Jacques-Louis-Alfred Bruyas, opened his own exhibition close to the official exposition; this was a forerunner of the various Salon des Refusés. Very little praise was forthcoming, and Eugène Delacroix was one of the few painters who supported the work.Influenced by Diego Velázquez's Las Meninas, this work in turn influenced Edouard Manet in two of his early paintings: "The Old Musician" and "La Musique aux Tuileries".


* [ Musee d'Orsay page on this work]
* [ Courbet bio]
* [ Humanities Web on this work]

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