Gustave Courbet

1819-1877 • France

Art • Paris Commune • ProudhonSocialism

The leading realist painter of his day Gustave Courbet was a socialist and republican. He supported the Commune in 1871 after which he was jailed and exiled.

On September 7 1870 Courbet organised a meeting of artists in the Louvre Palace to create a Commission that would attempt to protect the museums of Paris from the imminent threat of an occupation by the then victorious Prussian army.

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