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Gustave Courbet papers


Gustave Courbet papers
Courbet, Gustave
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1.25 linear feet
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State of Maryland and Historical Collections
Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email:

The papers of French painter Gustave Courbet (1819-1877) cover a forty year period, and consist primarily of letters to his family from the time he was in school at Besançon in 1837 until a few months before his death in 1877. The collection also includes one letter to Gustave Courbet from an unidentified correspondent and some correspondence and business papers of his father Régis Courbet. Important subjects discussed in the letters include: Courbet's daily life, his work and personal difficulties, his paintings and exhibitions, family property, and his travels to Belgium, Holland, and Germay. Family issues appear frequently, including attempts to aid his mother's cousin Natalie Oudot Vertel after the death of her husband. Courbet also writes of important historical events including the 1848 Revolution and Second Republic, the Franco-Prussian War, and the Commune.

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