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Mère Grégoire  1855

by Gustave Courbet

As the undisputed leader of the Realist movement, Gustave Courbet played a crucial role in the development of modern French painting. But critics and the public did not easily accept his large, naturalistic, and unsentimental depictions of commonplace, often rural subjects; they called him the “apostle of ugliness.” [br] The ample, demurely dressed subject of [i]Mère Grég...
129 × 97.5 cm (50 3/4 × 38 3/8 in.)
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago