Museum Folkwang
La roche oraguay, Vallon de Maisières, Doubs
  • Gustave Courbet
  • La roche oraguay, Vallon de Maisières, Doubs, 1860

  • Oraguy Rock
  • Oil on canvas
  • 151,5 x 195 cm
  • Acquired in 1968
  • Inv. G 359
  • CommentaryThe area around Orans, with its quite distinctive cliffs, continually provided Courbet with inspiration for his picturesque landscape paintings. This was also true of the valley landscape of the Loue, which had carved its path deeply into the Jura Mountains. Courbet combined various painting techniques to accentuate the particularity of this natural spectacle. Thus he employed a spatula to evoke the rough substance of the cliffs rising from the water; on the other hand he used classic brush technique to slowly transfer the gentle riverside clearing in a steep meadow slope. Courbet underlines the coincidental and unconventional of the part of the landscape he selected with a depiction of a rower, who as staffage belongs to the normative rules of landscape depiction of the day.
    An exact reproduction of details fades in favor of a materiality and corporeality, allowing the viewer to sense the natural. Courbet was known among contemporaries for a provocative realism »as being a realist means being an honest friend of real truth« (Gustave Courbet). Already in 1851, his painting style had created a scandal at the Paris salon. Thereafter Courbet sought out new ways of marketing his works and looked for exhibitions to participate in outside Paris, among others in Frankfurt, Munich and London. In France, exhibiting independently of the dominant salons was still unimaginable when, in 1855, Courbet presented his works in his own pavilion named ›La Réalisme‹ at the Paris World Exhibition. His success and recognition were not hurt by this act of secession. Quite the opposite. Courbet's in the meantime direct style of painting changed the tastes of the period and was quickly successful. In 1866 he was honored expressly for his 'realism' in the salon.
  • Provenance1861, Slg. Baron Dejean
    Sammlung Léon (?) Orosdi, Paris
    1891-1895, bei Durand-Ruel, Paris, deponiert, danach an Orosdi zurück
    1968, Dr. Fritz und Dr. Peter Nathan (Galerie Nathan), Zürich
    seit 1968, Museum Folkwang, Essen
  • Obj_Id: 3,045
  • Obj_Internet_S: Highlight
  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):Painting, Sculpture, Media Art
  • Obj_SpareNField01_N (Verantw): 187
  • Obj_Creditline_S: Gemäldesammlung
  • Obj_Title1_S: La roche oraguay, Vallon de Maisières, Doubs
  • Obj_Title2_S: Oraguy Rock
  • Obj_PartDescription_S (Titelerg):
  • Obj_SpareMField01_M (Alle Titel): La roche oraguay, Vallon de Maisières, Doubs Oraguy Rock La roche oraguay, Vallon de Maisières, Doubs Der Oraguay-Felsen
  • Obj_Dating_S: 1860
  • Jahr von: 1,860
  • Jahr bis: 1,860
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: G 359
  • Obj_IdentNrSort_S: G 0359
  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Painting
  • Obj_Crate_S: 151,5 x 195 cm
  • Obj_Material_S: Oil on canvas
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  • Obj_SpareSField01_S (Mat./Tech.): Oil on canvas
  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Acquired in 1968
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  • Obj_Rights_S: © Museum Folkwang, Essen
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1861, Slg. Baron Dejean
Sammlung Léon (?) Orosdi, Paris
1891-1895, bei Durand-Ruel, Paris, deponiert, danach an Orosdi zurück
1968, Dr. Fritz und Dr. Peter Nathan (Galerie Nathan), Zürich
seit 1968, Museum Folkwang, Essen