- The controversial French painter, Gustave Courbet (1819-1877), led the Realist movement in 19th-century French painting.
- The Burial At Ornans, one of Courbet’s most important works, records the funeral of his grand uncle which he attended in September 1848.
- 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”.
- The result is a realistic presentation of them, and of life in Ornans.
- The vast painting—it measures 10 by 22 feet (3.1 by 6.6 meters).
- The painting marked an end to the fantasy of Romanticism and opened the doors to Realism.
- Courbet himself said “The Burial at Ornans was in reality the burial of Romanticism”.
Below showing close-up view. Dividing the paintings into 3 parts. In the order of left, center, right of the paintings.