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Getty Museum‘s Today’s Memory

Getty Museum‘s Today’s Memory

Getty Museum‘s Today’s Memory


Gustave Courbet’s birthday

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Happy Birthday Gustave Courbet!

Courbet, who had previously painted less than a handful of flower pictures, took up the genre enthusiastically during a stay in western France in 1862. Intending to visit his friend Etienne Baudry for two weeks, he arrived at the garden enthusiast’s château in May and remained in the area for 11 months.

With his friend’s encouragement, Courbet explored flower painting using Baudry’s extensive gardens, greenhouses, and library of botanical books. He painted about 20 flower pictures and remarked to a friend, „I am coining money out of flowers.” 

Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase, Gustave Courbet, 1862

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