Monsieur Suisse

Gustave Courbet French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 809

The Académie Suisse was an informal yet influential Parisian art school, which the young Courbet attended in the early 1840s. It was founded by Martin François Suisse (ca. 1781–1859), the subject of this posthumous portrait. Suisse, himself, had been an artist’s model-for-hire, one of the rare professionals in his field whose name survives him.

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

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