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Linda Nochlin

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The complete writings on Gustave Courbet's work, by one of the most influential art historians of our time


For more than four decades, Linda Nochlin has been at the forefront of the feminist critique of art history, playing a pivotal role in shaping the course of the discipline. Since completing a doctorate on Gustave Courbet in the early 1960s, she has devoted herself to a lifelong study of the artist, arguably the most radical of all nineteenth-century painters and one of the fathers of modern art.

Now, in this extraordinary volume, Nochlin presents her complete writings on Courbet’s work. Every aspect of his œuvre – from his vast realist depictions of provincial French life, allegorical works and paint-encrusted landscapes to his dark, brooding portraits, sensual nudes and earthy still lifes – comes under her scrutiny.

In a specially written introduction, Nochlin considers Courbet’s lasting impact not only on later painting but also on the practice of art history itself. With essays spanning forty years, Courbet is much more than a monograph on a single artist. It is also the story of the intellectual development of one of our leading writers on the visual arts.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 22.7 x 15.0 cm

Extent: 224 pp

Illustrations: 109

Publication date: 4 June 2007

ISBN: 9780500286760

Contents List

Introduction • 1. Innovation and Tradition in Courbet’s Burial at Ornans 2. Gustave Courbet’s Meeting: A Portrait of the Artist as a Wandering Jew • 3. Gustave Courbet’s Toilette de la mariée • 4. Courbet, the Commune, and the Visual Arts • 5. The Cribleuses de blé: Courbet, Millet, Breton, Kollwitz and the Image of the Working Woman • 6. In Detail: Courbet’s Burial at Ornans • 7. The De-Politicization of Gustave Courbet: Transformation and Rehabilitation Under the Third Republic • 8. Courbet, Oller and a Sense of Place: The Regional, the Provincial and the Picturesque in 19th-Century Art • 9. Courbet’s L’Origine du monde: The Origin without an Original • 10. Courbet’s Real Allegory: Rereading The Painter’s Studio • 11. Courbet and his Territory: How Landscape Means

About the Author

Linda Nochlin (1931–2017) was Lila Acheson Wallace Professor Emerita of Modern Art at the New York University Institute of Fine Arts. She wrote extensively on issues of gender in art history and on 19th-century Realism. Her numerous publications include Women, Art and Power, Representing Women and Courbet, as well as the pioneering essay from 1971: ‘Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?’