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La vague
Photo credit: Southampton City Art Gallery

La vague

Gustave Courbet (1819–1877)

Southampton City Art Gallery

The French Realist movement in painting was created by Gustave Courbet in the mid-nineteenth century. He focused on real people, ordinary landscapes and rural activities, depicted with a concern for social and political issues. The French Realist movement later influenced Édouard Manet, the father of French Impressionism.

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