Lot 71
  • 71

Gustave Courbet

80,000 - 120,000 USD
93,750 USD
bidding is closed


  • Gustave Courbet
  • Source de Lison près de Nans
  • signed G. Courbet (lower left)
  • oil on canvas
  • 28 3/4 by 36 1/4 in.
  • 73 by 92 cm

Catalogue Note

The present lot is similar in subject and composition to Paysage de la Région d’Ornans (circa 1869-70) in the National Gallery of Prague (RF 731).  The interesting rock formations of the Franche-Comté appear with great frequency in Courbet’s landscapes executed around Ornans, however when Jean-Jacques Fernier examined this painting in 2002 he proposed that the setting was more likely to have been from the Saintonge region near the Roche-Courbon.  Fernier speculated that this landscape was inspired by Courbet’s 1863 trip to Saintonge, and that the artist was so captivated by the area’s dramatic cliffs, that he recreated them in the context of his Ornans landscapes when he returned home.  However, most of Courbet’s landscapes with rock formations and winding streams were inspired by the terrain of the Franche-Comté, a region in France that is well-known for such natural landmarks and is therefore more likely to be the setting of this painting.

Please note that this lot is sold unframed.