Shelter of Deers at Plaisir Fontaine Creek (1866) by Gustave Courbet

Shelter of Deers at Plaisir Fontaine Creek - Gustave Courbet - 1866

Artwork Information

TitleShelter of Deers at Plaisir Fontaine Creek
ArtistGustave Courbet
Dimensions174 x 209 cm
Art MovementRealism
Current LocationMusée d'Orsay, Paris, France

About Shelter of Deers at Plaisir Fontaine Creek

The artwork titled “Shelter of Deers at Plaisir Fontaine Creek” was created by Gustave Courbet in 1866. It is an exquisite example of the Realism art movement, measuring 174 by 209 centimeters. This landscape genre painting finds its residence at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France. It represents a tranquil and natural setting, characterized by a keen observation of the natural world.

In this artwork, the viewer beholds a serene forest scene where several deers find solace by the creek. The landscape is composed of towering trees with detailed bark textures and a variety of green foliage that permeates the canvas. The foreground prominently features a reclining deer, while another stands attentively, and a third is captured mid-step with its body turned, providing a sense of depth and movement. The scene is further enriched by nuanced light filtering through the leaves, casting soft shadows and highlighting patches of the forest floor and the creek, suggesting a natural, untamed environment. The meticulous brushstrokes and the realistic portrayal of the subjects and the setting exemplify Courbet’s mastery in conveying the solemn beauty of nature without romanticizing it.

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