In the 1850s, the 'Realist' Courbet visited the forest of Fontainebleau, where the Barbizon painters were working, and in 1864 he spent some time in Franche-Comté, near the source of the river Loue. The result was a series of landscapes that were very far removed indeed from the traditional ideal of picturesque natural beauty. As this canvas shows, Courbet had a preference for gloomy places and dark caves. The artist has emphasised the ruggedness of the rocky landscape by applying the paint thickly, using a palette knife.
SizeH: 48,5 cm
MediumOil on canvas