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The Wave

Gustave Courbet

The Wave

Gustave Courbet
  • Date: 1870
  • Style: Realism
  • Genre: landscape
  • Media: oil, canvas
  • Tag: storm-and-tempest, seas-and-oceans
  • Order Oil Painting

Many early Modernists were influenced by Japanese prints and it is argued that Courbet is one of the first to be affected by this Eastern aesthetic. Likely, taking a cue from the prints, he shows us a slice of water closed off from the view of vast space. The painting epitomizes Courbet's landscapes and seascapes that were always composed of broken patches of paint loaded in both the dark and light areas. Such painterly treatment was inspiration to the budding Impressionists.

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