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Caricature of Gustave Courbet, from Le Salon Pour Rire

Artist:
André Gill (French, Paris 1840–1885 Paris)
Sitter:
Portrait of Gustave Courbet (French, Ornans 1819–1877 La Tour-de-Peilz)
Date:
1868
Medium:
Color lithograph
Dimensions:
sheet: 13 x 10 13/16 in. (33 x 27.5 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Gift of Albert Ten Eyck Gardner, 1964
Accession Number:
64.693(1)
Not on view
Inscription: below image: Dans cette fourmilière de tartines banales ou prétentieuses qui encombrent le Salon, le peintre d'Ornans donne son coup de trique, et l'on respire devant ces deux toiles: un petit Paysage qui est une perle et un Mendiant d'Ornans, qui est le dernier mot de la lumière. Continuez ainsi chaque année, bon maître, et que ceux qui sont nés peintres vous suivent, car vous êtes bien loin devant tous, vous qui voyez juste et qui peignez sincèrement.

[Amidst the mess of banal or pretentious smears crowding the Salon, the painter from Ornans strikes a blow, and we can take a breath of fresh air in front of his two canvases: one a small Landscape, a real gem, and the other a Beggar from Ornans, the last word in luminosity. Continue what you are doing, my good man, and those who are not yet painters will follow you, for you are far ahead of the pack, you who see truthfully and paint sincerely.]
Albert Ten Eyck Gardner; Donor: Albert Ten Eyck Gardner
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," October 4, 2010–January 3, 2011.

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