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  • Landscape with a Dead Horse

    Artist:
    Courbet, Gustave. 1819-1877
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    45x56 cm

Courbet, Gustave. 1819-1877

Landscape with a Dead Horse

France, Second half of the 1850s

Its subject marked by the influence of Romanticism is full of mystery. In the centre of the composition is a bright spot of a horse's carcass lying on the side of the road. Beyond it is the figure of a man running with a burden in his hand into the depths of the forest thicket. What has happened - an accident or a crime - remains unclear. It has been suggested that the source of inspiration for the work may have been Charles Baudelaire's La Charogne (Carrion), from the collection of his poems, Les Fleurs du Mal. Courbet's daring depiction of a dead horse in the foreground manifests his conviction that art should reflect the truth of life in all its prosaic unattractiveness.

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Landscape with a Dead Horse

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oil

Dimensions:

45x56 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1922; transferred from the Kushelevskaya Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-3897

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