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The Source of the Loue, 1864 (oil on canvas)

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The Source of the Loue, 1864 (oil on canvas)

3614048 The Source of the Loue, 1864 (oil on canvas) by Courbet, Gustave (1819-77); 99.7x142.2 cm; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA; (add.info.: Courbet often painted the rocky grotto at the source of the Loue, the river that flows through his native village, Ornans, in the Franche-Comteregion of eastern France.
); French, out of copyright

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The Source of the Loue, 1864

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is a captivating oil painting by Gustave Courbet that transports viewers to the picturesque landscape of Ornans in eastern France. This masterpiece, now housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, showcases Courbet's deep connection to his native village and his ability to capture its natural beauty. In this artwork, Courbet focuses on the rocky grotto at the source of the Loue River, which meanders through Ornans. The artist's meticulous brushstrokes bring life to every element within the composition – from the rugged cliffs and cascading waterfall to the tranquil river flowing through a lush countryside. The play of light and shadow adds depth and dimensionality to this enchanting scene. Courbet's choice of subject matter reflects his affinity for rural landscapes and his desire to depict nature in its purest form. By immortalizing this hidden gem within his hometown, he invites us into a world untouched by modernity – a serene sanctuary where time seems suspended. "The Source of the Loue, 1864" not only captures an idyllic moment but also serves as a testament to Courbet's mastery as one of France's most influential painters. Through this artwork, we are transported into an ethereal realm where we can almost hear the gentle rustle of leaves and feel misty droplets from cascading waterfalls on our skin. It is truly a window into nature's splendor that continues to inspire awe even today.

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