A focused look into Courbet’s The Stonebreakers

Gustave Courbet (1819–1877) was an outlier of the 19th-century art community. Grew up in the small town of Ornans, Courbet moved to Paris to develop his career. He was known for painting large-scale scenes of everyday life in 19th France.

This story sets Courbet’s 1849 painting The Stonebreakers within its own time. Here, we are off to examine the choice of subject, the social condition, and the artist’s personal experience with the assistance of some scholarly journals and my thoughts inspired by a course I took at college. Hopefully, you will have…