View of Ornans

Artist: Gustave Courbet (French, Ornans 1819–1877 La Tour-de-Peilz)

Date: probably mid-1850s

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 28 3/4 x 36 1/4 in. (73 x 92.1 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Bequest of Alice Tully, 1993

Accession Number: 1995.537


This landscape, probably painted in the mid-1850s, stands at the beginning of a long series of views of the countryside of the artist's native town. It may be identified by the distinctive church steeple that rises above the cluster of houses along the banks of the river Loue. The cliff in the distance is the Roche du Mont. The bridge has traditionally been identified as that of the town of Scey-en-Varais, located a few miles downstream from Ornans.