After the Hunt

Gustave Courbet French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 810

In style, scale, and composition, this work strongly resembles Courbet’s first hunting scene, The Quarry, a great success at the Salon of 1857 (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston). The present canvas is distinguished by the inclusion of a liveried servant and an assortment of dead game: a wild boar, a partridge, a deer, and a hare, all presented in a manner recalling seventeenth-century Flemish painting. An avid sportsman, Courbet ultimately devoted some eighty pictures to the subject of the hunt.

After the Hunt, Gustave Courbet (French, Ornans 1819–1877 La Tour-de-Peilz), Oil on canvas

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