French landscape and figure painter whose work bridged classical and romantic styles.
He came under the influence of a group of nature painters in the village of Barbizon where he painted everything as if seen through a delicate gray veil.
Later he changed his style using the play of light and color that led to Impressionism.
French artist who, rebelling against the Romantic style, became
a leader of the Realist movement. His paintings of untraditional realist subjects, like 'The Stone Breakers',
'Young Ladies of the Village' and others, caused a scandal when they were exhibited.
In 1855 he completed a huge canvas, The Artist's Studio, and, when it was refused for an important exhibition, Courbet boldly displayed his work himself near the exhibition hall.
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