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The boy is admiring a landscape painting and not a

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realism style of painting. The boy is admiring a landscape painting and not a painting that serves to be perfect and or romantic showcasing possibly a biblical story that is far from the present reality. There are also other people in the painting. (Harris, Zucker) If you look closely, the people on the left are more rugged and probably low class. On the other hand, the people to the right are well dressed and probably middle to high class. You can see the contrast in the clothing the people on the left wear compared to the people on the right. Again, this painting is a stark contrast to the previous art movements. This work is part of the Realism era that showcased reality. Courbet may be referencing a traditional composition from the New Testament, the Last Judgement. The traditional composition features god in the middle. On our right side were people who were going to hell. On the other side, were people who were going to heaven. It is interesting to note that the damned on the right side are pictured as the wealthy socialites and the ones going to heaven are the lower class, working people. Courbet’s painting is full of reality and references to the current issues during his time which is what made this artwork so different than the ones before. (Harris, Zucker)
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Works Cited Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker “Gustave Courbet, The Painter’s Studio: A real Allegory Summing Up Seven Years of My Life as an Artist,” in Smarthistory, August 9, 2015, accesed March 18,2018, - theartists-studio/
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  • Spring '18
  • Ronald Sok
  • Impressionism, History of painting, Western painting, Gustave Courbet

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