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Courbet (Art & Ideas) [Paperback]

Prof . James H Rubin , Xavier Bernard , Laurent Strim
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23 May 1997 Art & Ideas
Amid the background of social turbulence in the mid-nineteenth century, Gustave Courbet's unconventional paintings of real people in everyday scenes came to embody values with radical political implications. James Rubin addresses the entire range of Courbet's work: from his hunting scenes and spirited landscapes, to his portraits and erotic nudes. He combines a clear reading of the artist's paintings with a rigorous discussion of the unique personal, political and social framework within which they were created.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press (23 May 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714831808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714831800
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 16.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'An eloquent and intelligent account of Courbet's work. Rubin manages to find a level which makes the book relevant to present scholarship on Courbet, but also eminently accessible to undergraduate students.' (John Kear, Department of the History and Theory of Art, University of Kent at Canterbury)

'Enlightening and very readable.'(The Artist)

'Rubin writes with uncommon lucidity.' (Art Review)

'Art & Ideas has broken new ground in making accessible authoritative views on periods, movements and concepts in art. As a series it represents a real advance in publishing.' (Sir Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate London)

'The format is wonderful and offers what had long been missing in academic studies: usable manuals for specific themes or periods...I am definitely not alone in welcoming Art & Ideas as a precious set of teaching tools.' (Joachim Pissarro, Yale University)

About the Author

James Rubin is Professor of Art History at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, and also teaches at the Cooper Union in New York City. His books include Impressionism in the Art & Ideas series, Realism and Social Vision in Courbet and Proudhon and Manet's Silence and the Poetics of Bouquets.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good to learn about this key artist 9 April 2012
This book is a very good introduction for every reader who wants to know more about Gustave Courbet.

As Rubin acknowledges himself in the introduction, this book is aimed at a broad audience, and therefore does not feature any notes. However, there is a bibliography and other sources are mentioned along the flow of the text.

Abundantly illustrated like all other books of this 'Art&Ideas' series, this book reads really well, with a good balance of visual analysis of artworks, biographical elements and contextual information to understand the artist in his time.

1. The Desperate Man: Identity Crisis in Bohemian Paris, 7
2. Gutter Art: The Stonebreakers and Political Upheaval, 49
3. Down-to-Earth Death: Realism Defined by A Burial at Ornans, 73
4. Mirrors of the People: Realist Series and Meeting Independence, 101
5. Autobiography and Social Vision: World Prophecy from the Studio, 133
6. Realism as Language and Attitude: A Manifesto and its Contexts, 155
7. Manhood and Women: Models and Mistresses, Prostitutes and Wives, 175
8. Truth to Nature and to Home: The Outdoors and its Consumers, 217
9. Courbet Non Grata: The Vendme Column, Prison and Exile, 269
10. The Example of Courbet: Courbetism's Legacy and the Avant-Garde, 305
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource 15 Jun 2000
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I got this book out at a libray for a school report. I had it last minute and this book really saved me. It's got just about every aspect of Gustave Courbet's life explained in plain English. A great resource for a student or a teacher. A must buy for an art buff.
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