Gustave Courbet: L’Ecole de la Nature / The School of Nature
Musée de l'Abbye Saint-Claude & Silvana Editoriale, 2021
This book deals with the theme of landscape in a transversal way, by presenting a set of important works by Gustave Courbet (mainly from the collections of the Gustave Institute and the Courbet d’Ornans Museum) and other 19th century artists – collaborators or friends of Courbet – who have fully embraced nature and the landscape, putting them at the heart of their artistic approaches.
Among other things, will be revealed the involvement of Saint-Claude’s George Besson (1882-1971), who worked for the acquisition of Courbet’s birthplace – which would later house the museum – then that of Guy Bardone (1927-2015), donor of the collection preserved by the Abbey Museum, who would then be General Secretary of the Courbet Institute for nearly 15 years.
Published to accompany an exhibition: Saint-Claude, Musée de l’Abbaye, 16th October 2020 to 31st March 2021