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GUSTAVE COURBET (French, 1819 -1877). Courbet led the Realist movement in 19th century French painting. Courbet had none of the dreamy hankering after the past that characterised the Pre-Raphaelites. He believed that artists should paint only 'real and existing things'. His landscapes have 'a savage sort of power' (Sister Wendy).

Self portrait by Gustave Courbet (June 10, 1819 ~ Dec 31,1877): French