Gustave Courbet

The Waterfalls

c. 1872
Thick oil paint, vigorously applied, gives this work a rich surface texture. All traces of human or animal life are absent. The strange emptiness is perhaps symbolic, as this is one of the last landscapes Courbet painted in France before seeking political asylum in Switzerland.
Title
The Waterfalls
Date
c. 1872
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
97.8 x 151.1 cm
Nationality
French
Credit line
Gift of Mr. G.M.M. Edwards and Mrs. E.L.M. Bogue, Ottawa, 1946, in memory of their father, the late Gordon C. Edwards (1866-1946), by exchange
Accession number
4638