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The Courbet Hall is the second hall of the Lovian Museum for Modern Art in Newhaven. The realism collection is based in this hall, named after Gustave Courbet.

Realism Edit

Realism is a style of painting that depicts the actuality of what the eyes can see. Realists render everyday characters, situations, dilemmas, and objects, all in verisimilitude. They tend to discard theatrical drama, lofty subjects and classical forms in favor of commonplace themes. Gustave Courbet, the painter who this room is named after, is credited with coining the term.

Realism refers to the mid-19th century cultural movement with its roots in France, where it was a very popular art form around the mid to late 1800s. It came about with the introduction of photography - a new visual source that created a desire for people to produce things that look “objectively real”. Realism was heavily against romanticism. Undistorted by personal bias, Realism believed in the ideology of objective reality and revolted against exaggerated emotionalism. Truth and accuracy became the goals of many Realists.

Collection Edit

Artwork Creator Origin and date More information
240px Gustave Courbet French, 1866 The sleep
oil on canvas, 140 x 200 cm.
Seacoast of Normandy Gustave Courbet French, 1867 Seacoast of Normandy
oil on canvas, 105 x 128 cm.
Lovian forest in midsummer Gustave Courbet French, 1865 Lovian forest in midsummer
oil on canvas, 94 x 135 cm.
Fallen monarchs William Baker American, 1886 Fallen monarchs
oil on canvas, 120 x 97 cm.
Little girl with bird William-Adolphe Bouguereau French, 1867 Little girl with bird
oil on canvas, 108 x 87 cm.
The nut gatherers William-Adolphe Bouguereau French, 1882 The nut_gatherers
oil on canvas, 95 x 118 cm.
The way to Sèvres Jean-Baptiste Corot French, 1855-1865 The way to Sèvres
oil on canvas, 34 x 49 cm.
Portrait of Maud Cook Thomas Cowperthwait Eakins American, 1844-1916 Portrait of Maud Cook
oil on canvas, 102 x 123 cm.
The violin Michael Harnett Irish, 1886 The violin
oil on canvas, 97 x 61 cm.

Reactions from the visitors Edit

Oh dear! This is just great! I'm glad to be the monarch of a country with such an artistic collection.

Dimitri 15:50, 16 December 2007 (UTC)



I never knew of but one artist, and that's Tom Eakins, who could resist the temptation to see what they think ought to be rather than what is.

Lars Washington February 7, 2007



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Lovian Museum for Modern Art
Collection: Turner Hall (Romanticism) - Courbet Hall (Realism) - Monet Hall (Impressionism) - Brake Hall (Cubism) - Macke Hall (Expressionism) - Wesselman Hall (Pop Art) - Ernst Hall (Surrealism) - Landfield Hall (Color Field)
Exhibitions: Medvedev Hall (J.M.W. Turner) - Noble Hall (René Magritte) - Washington Hall (Henri Matisse)
Other Musea: Capitol Museum Group

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