Lot and His Daughters

艺术家 库尔贝 Gustave Courbe


Oil on canvas, 89 x 116 cm

Private collection

Shortly after his arrival in Paris, Courbet made a very important acquaintance, that of the genre-painter Franis Bonvin. From him he learnt the sacrosanct ritual of copying old masters in the Mus du Luxembourg and the Louvre. Following in the footsteps of Gicault, Chassiau and Delacroix, Courbet discovered the Venetian and Bolognese schools of Italian Renaissance painting, the northern Baroque of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and the works of Velquez, Zurbar and Murillo. The principal surviving records of this period are his copies of Guercino's Vision of St Jerome (1840) and Lot and his Daughters . Courbet destroyed most of his other early works, sparing only some portraits and his first big history paintings, in which he was clearly struggling with the heritage of Romanticism. 

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