Self Portrait with Upraised Arm by Gustave Courbet

Self Portrait with Upraised Arm - Gustave Courbet -

Artwork Information

TitleSelf Portrait with Upraised Arm
ArtistGustave Courbet
Art MovementRealism

About Self Portrait with Upraised Arm

The artwork titled “Self Portrait with Upraised Arm” is the creation of the renowned artist Gustave Courbet, who is associated with the Realism movement. This self-portrait is a testament to Courbet’s skill and his commitment to portraying human figures and expressions with stark realism and depth.

In the artwork, the figure of the artist himself is captured with extraordinary detail and lifelike presence. Courbet has portrayed himself with an upraised arm, which draws the viewer’s eye upward, suggesting a sense of movement or reaching out for something beyond the canvas. The tones used are subtle, and the play of light and shadow over the forms of the body adds a significant depth to the piece. The artist’s expression seems contemplative, possibly echoing the introspective nature of creating a self-portrait. The background remains indistinct, allowing the figure to stand out and ensuring that the focus remains on the physical and emotional depiction of the artist. As a work realized during the Realism era, it eschews the embellishments and idealizations common in the romantic and neoclassical styles that preceded it, instead embodying the Realist ethos of depicting subjects true to life.

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