Jean Désiré Gustave Courbet was a French painter who led the Realism movement in 19th-century French painting. Committed to painting only what he could see, he rejected academic convention and the Romanticism of the previous generation of visual artists.
Born: 10 June 1819, Ornans, France
Died: 31 December 1877, La Tour-de-Peilz, Switzerland
Periods: Realism, Romanticism, Academic art
Buried: 1919, Ornans cemetery, Ornans
Known for: Painting, Sculpture