Organized by the Meeting of museums national and Museum d'Orsay, with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Agglomeration Community of Montpellier /Museum Fabre, theexposure Gustave Courbet has gathered 480,000 visitors in almost four months, an average of more than 5,000 visitors per day.
Presented since Saturday, October 13, 2007, theexposure revolves around eight pillars among which the self-portraits of youth, his first large paintings often related to his roots, landscapes, the female nude, a major issue for Courbet who painted his first naked in the 1840s, his works related hunting and its relation to politics, especially with the Paris Commune.
Gustave Courbet (1819-1877) is a French realistic painter. A prolific artist, he was also involved in the political movements of his time and was one of the elected officials of the Commune of 1871. Two paintings made him particularly famous: A funeral at Ornans and The origin of the world.
The documentary film Gustave Courbet, the origins of his world directed by Romain Goupil and co-produced by Pisces Volants, Arte France and Rmn also pleased fans of theexposure with 8,000 copies of the DVD sold.
The retrospective Gustave Courbet will open at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York from February 27 to May 18, 2008 and will be presented at Museum Fabre de Montpellier from June 13 to September 28, 2008.