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"Courbet and the Commune"
2000-03-14 until 2000-06-14
In 1870, Gustave Courbet was at the peak of his fame.
Seven years later, he died a fallen, forgotten man in
exile. In the meantime, Courbet lived through one of the
most violent crises of French history: the Commune, in
which he participated actively. Considered as an
accomplice in the debunking of the colonne Vendôme -
a symbol of Napoleon III's power - he was imprisoned
and tried by the war council. The exhibition's purpose is
to study the role of the artist in the political and cultural
history of the Commune and the evolution of his art
during this period. Beyond his commitment in political
action, major pieces painted by Courbet from his
imprisonment to his departure in exile will be presented.
Curator : Laurence des Cars, curator, Musée d'Orsay
Catalogue : Courbet et la Commune
120 pages, 30 colour ill., 15 Bb&w ill., paperback Price:
120F (in French)
Film screening : La Commune (Paris 1871) by Peter
Joint production La Sept ARTE, le musée d'Orsay, 13