Gustave Courbet (1819 - 1877)

Gustave Courbet was born to a prosperous farming family in Ornans, France. In 1841 he went to Paris to study law, but he soon decided to study painting and learned by copying the pictures of master artists. In 1844 he exhibited his self-portrait, Coubet with a Black Dog. Courbet's realism and truthfully portrayal of ordinary places and people went againts the taste of Art critics and the public who were accustomed to pretty pictures that made life look better than it was. When his painting, The Artist's Studio, was refused for an important exhibition, he displayed his work himself near the exhibition hall.