Painting by French painter Gustave Courbet The artist’s workshop was painted in 1855 using oil paints and a canvas whose size reached almost 6 meters in length and at least 3.6 meters in width.
The canvas was painted on the opening day of the 1855 World's Fair and became the main exhibit of the Realism Pavilion, created by the artist to contrast the works of other French artists represented here.
The painting also had a second name, longer and more complicated: A real allegory characterizing the seven-year period of my creative life. The second name is a more accurate representation of what is shown in the picture, for writing which dark tones and colors were chosen.
The central figure of the canvas is a man sitting sideways - the artist himself. He has brushes and paints in his hands - he paints a huge landscape and is busy with work, does not pay attention to anyone.
A lot of different people gathered in the artist’s workshop. So, behind him is a half-naked girl, most likely a model, and at the feet, contemplating the creation, a little boy froze, next to whom a white cat plays.
A lot of people crowded in the right part of the picture, but not all of them are watching the creative process, the faces of many seem detached and indifferent, what is happening here is not interesting to them.
It is their artist who calls his enemies, those who are trying to prevent him from realizing his creative dreams and aspirations. Indeed, people in this part of the picture are busy exclusively with each other, or with themselves, they talk, look thoughtfully into the void and even read books.
In the background is a hugging couple.
On the left side of the picture, people are also busy with themselves, but still show some interest in what is happening. By the recognition of the artist himself, all the characters were created by him to describe his creative life and activity, each of them symbolizes something.
It is no secret that the artist’s sister, his former lover, who was soon removed from the canvas, and even Emperor Napoleon III, his artist, blamed the anti-revolutionary and anti-republican actions.
Much attention was paid to the play of light and shadow when painting. Despite the fact that the canvas is dark, this does not interfere with the features of the faces depicted in the picture, as well as almost all the small details. The figure of the model and the artist himself are given the greatest light, all other characters are hiding in the shadows, which does not interfere with seeing not only them, but also the walls of the room.
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