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Saturday, June 4, 11:30am – 1pm


Gustave Courbet. The Shepherdess (The Breton Spinner) (detail), 1867. Barnes Foundation BF599 (off view). Public Domain.

On-site, $10; online, $8; members and students free. Registration required.

About the Event

In this talk, art historian Paul Galvez, author of the new book Courbet’s Landscapes: The Origins of Modern Painting, will trace the travels of Gustave Courbet and explore how the artist turned Romantic landscapes into paintings that reflect direct, bodily experiences of nature. The Courbet that Galvez discovers is not the celebrated history painter of provincial life but a creator of daring landscapes whose unique view of nature aligned him with contemporary developments in linguistics, history, geology, and literature. By painting sites suggestive of origins—caves, riverbeds, oceans—Courbet introduced raw physical substance into a world of illusion. He thus forged a path upon which future painters would march well into the next century.

A book signing will follow the talk.

About the Speaker

Paul Galvez is research associate at the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History at the University of Texas at Dallas. His book Courbet’s Landscapes: The Origins of Modern Painting (Yale University Press, available May 2022) is the first book-length study of Gustave Courbet’s work in the genre. A scholar of modern art from the 19th century to the present, Galvez was guest curator of Object Lessons: Jay DeFeo Works on Paper from the 1970s (Galerie Frank Elbaz, Dallas in 2018) and has recently written on Cézanne and James Ensor for Artforum.