“The Burial At Ornans” by Gustave Courbet

  1. The controversial French painter, Gustave Courbet (1819-1877), led the Realist movement in 19th-century French painting.
  2. The Burial At Ornans, one of Courbet’s most important works, records the funeral of his grand uncle which he attended in September 1848.Gustave Courbet
  3. People who attended the funeral were the models for the painting. Courbet painted “the very people who had been present at the interment, all the townspeople”.
  4. The result is a realistic presentation of them, and of life in Ornans.
  5. The vast painting—it measures 10 by 22 feet (3.1 by 6.6 meters).
  6. The painting marked an end to the fantasy of Romanticism and opened the doors to Realism.
  7. Courbet himself said “The Burial at Ornans was in reality the burial of Romanticism”.
Burial at Ornans by Gustave Courbet (1849-1850) Oil on canvas
Burial at Ornans by Gustave Courbet (1849-1850) Oil on canvas

Below showing close-up view. Dividing the paintings into 3 parts. In the order of left, center, right of the paintings.

Burial at Ornans, Left, Close-up
Burial at Ornans, Left, Close-up
Burial at Ornans, Center, Close-up
Burial at Ornans, Center, Close-up
Burial at Ornans, Right
Burial at Ornans, Right, Close-up