Gustave Courbet, “The Stone Breakers”, 1849 – destroyed during World War II when a transport vehicle moving the pictures to the castle of Königstein, near Dresden, was bombed by A…


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  1. Thanks for posting the Stone Breakers of 1849. Courbet together with Jacques Louis David are my favourite French artists both were great Revolutionaries Courbet like David was exiled to Brussels during the Counter Revolution They Both survived Courbet was responsible for smashing the Vendome Column as a Revolutionary during the short Lived Paris Commune . Marx wrote about the Commune and Eleanor Marx had a relationship with Lissagaray a young Communard who wrote a History of the Commune . He was also a anarchist. Courbet a truly great proletarian artist and the architect of Realism. I have written about him on my Blog. Laurence x

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  3. Being destroyed in a bombing raid is bad enough (but understandable) what I find dreadful is the theft and hiding works of art from the world. What would be the point of having a wonderful painting and having to keep it secret in a bank vault? Does the person visit from time to time to gloat over it before locking it away again?

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  4. It is very sad as art communicates and touches people in a way that other things don’t. A book I read recently, The Lover’s Portrait made me think about the subject too. I wonder how many art pieces are still hiding (knowingly or not). Thanks, Sarah and Laurence.

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    1. Much more, I’m sure. And you hit it on the nail when you say art touches us in ways other things don’t. Creating it myself, for instance, gives me a satisfaction that I never thought I’d find outside of acting. It was a revelation!


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