The Deer

Gustave Courbet French

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In the 1860s Courbet painted a series of snowscapes remarkable for their variegated paint handling and the contrast between ruddy browns and whites, which are often, as here, mixed with an icy blue. The deer that appear in a number of these works signify the remoteness of the settings, although man’s presence is often suggested: the buck in this picture seems to look directly back at the viewer.

The Deer, Gustave Courbet (French, Ornans 1819–1877 La Tour-de-Peilz), Oil on canvas

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