Girl with Seagulls,Trouville (1865) by Gustave Courbet

Girl with Seagulls,Trouville - Gustave Courbet - 1865

Artwork Information

TitleGirl with Seagulls,Trouville
ArtistGustave Courbet
Dimensions81 x 65 cm
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Girl with Seagulls,Trouville

The artwork “Girl with Seagulls, Trouville,” created by Gustave Courbet in 1865, is an oil painting on canvas that measures 81 by 65 centimeters. This piece exemplifies the Realism art movement and is classified within the portrait genre. Courbet’s portrayal is held in a private collection and captures a moment of interaction between a girl and seagulls.

In the artwork, a young girl is depicted holding a long stick, at the end of which two seagulls are perched or possibly impaled, suggesting a morbid aspect to the scene. The girl looks directly at the viewer, her expression enigmatic and possibly one of contemplation or detachment. Her long, wavy, golden hair cascades down her shoulders, contrasting sharply with the dark tone of her clothing. The seagulls, although detailed, are rendered lifeless and limp, adding a somber quality to the painting. The artist’s use of color and texture conveys the tactile elements of the feathers and the softness of the girl’s hair.

The background of the artwork is a muted blend of sky and sea, hinting at the seaside location implied by the title. The brushstrokes and composition reflect the Realist desire to portray subjects truthfully without idealization, as Courbet focused on depicting everyday life with a direct and unembellished approach.

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