Self-Portrait (The Man with a Pipe) (1848 – 1849) by Gustave Courbet

Self-Portrait (The Man with a Pipe) - Gustave Courbet - 1848 - 1849

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TitleSelf-Portrait (The Man with a Pipe)
ArtistGustave Courbet
Date1848 - 1849
Dimensions45 x 37 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationMusée Fabre, Montpellier, France

About Self-Portrait (The Man with a Pipe)

The artwork titled “Self-Portrait (The Man with a Pipe)” was crafted by the esteemed artist Gustave Courbet between the years 1848 and 1849. It is an oil on canvas piece, measuring 45 by 37 centimeters. The self-portrait is associated with the Romanticism art movement and holds the genre of self-portraiture. Presently, it is housed at the Musée Fabre in Montpellier, France.

The self-portrait depicts Courbet with an introspective and pensive expression. His deep-set eyes gaze outwards, engendering a sense of engagement with the viewer. His hair is tousled and frames his face in a naturalistic manner that is characteristic of Courbet’s style, which often rejected the idealized finish found in the neoclassical tradition. The artist’s attire suggests an informal and relaxed demeanor; he wears a green coat over a white shirt that is loosely buttoned, evoking a casualness that contrasts with the more stiff and formal portraiture of his contemporaries. The brushwork is robust and dynamic, contributing to a vivid representation of texture in his hair and clothes. The background is subdued, with muted tones that direct the viewer’s focus to the figure of Courbet himself. The use of light and shadow on the face accentuates his features and conveys a sense of realism and immediacy. Through this work, Courbet has skillfully encapsulated his own persona, providing insight into his character as well as his artistic identity.

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