I hope to live all my life for my art, without abandoning my principles one iota.

Gustave Courbet

 

Woman With A Parrot 1866

Jean Désiré Gustave Courbet (10 June 1819 – 31 December 1877) was a French painter who led the Realist movement in 19th-century French painting. The Realist movement bridged the Romantic movement (characterized by the paintings of Théodore Géricault and Eugène Delacroix), with the Barbizon School and the Impressionists. Courbet occupies an important place in 19th century French painting as an innovator and as an artist willing to make bold social commentary in his work.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gustave_Courbet

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