The Stone Breakers, Gustave Courbet

The Stone Breakers, Gustave Courbet

The painting “Stone breakers”, painted in 1949 is most prominent work by Gustave Courbet. The painting represents two peasant workers, as he had seen them. In 1850 the painting was first exhibited at the Paris Salon. It was destroyed amid World War II, alongside 154 different paintings, in February 1945.

Courbet painted without any apparent sentiment; rather, he let the picture of the two men, one too young for hard work and the other too old for such a hard labor, express the sentiments of hardship and weariness that he was trying to depict. This isn’t intended to be heroic: it is intended to be an accurate account of the exploit and hardship that was a typical element of mid-century French rural life. There is a close connection between the narration and the formal decisions made by the painter like with so many great works of art, which means elements, such as, composition, brushwork, line, and colors. Courbet demonstrates sensitivity for the laborers and disgust for the high society by painting these men with a respect all their own. Like the stones themselves, Courbet’s brushwork is harsh—more so than may be normal amid the mid-nineteenth century. This recommends the manner in which the artist painted his canvas was to a parted extent a conscious dismissal of the highly polished, refined Neoclassicist style that still commanded French art in 1848.

The Stone Breakers, Guatave Courbet/The Stone Breakers, (1949), Gustave Courbet
The Stone Breakers, (1949), Gustave Courbet

Not at all like Millet, who, in paintings like The Gleaners, was known for portraying hard-working, yet glorified peasants, Courbet delineated figures who wear ripped and worn out clothes. Furthermore, dissimilar to the Arial perspective Millet utilized in The Gleaners to bring our eye profound into the French countryside during the harvest, the two stone breakers in Courbet’s canvas are set against a low hill of the sort normal in the country French town of Ornans, where the artist had been raised and kept on to spend a much of his time. The hill ranges to the highest point of the canvas all over the place yet the upper right corner, where a modest fix of brilliant blue sky shows up. The impact is to isolate these workers and to suggest that they are physically and monetarily trapped.

In these ways, The 
Stone breakers appear to do not have the fundamentals of art (things like a composition that selects and organizes, aerial perspective and finish) and subsequently, it feels more “Real.”

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