Musée d'Orsay: A New Look at Courbet!

A New Look at Courbet!


For some time, Gustave Courbet has been the favoured subject for the different approaches to the new history of art. After much deep analysis - political and social interpretation, biographical readings, sexual interpretation and a return to iconography - it is now time to take a fresh look at this artist. The first day looks at questions of method, while the second is mainly concerned with the historical context. A third day, supported by the Local Council of the Doubs department, is for researchers only, and will be held in Courbet's home region.

In partnership with the German Art History Centre in Paris (CAHA).

6 - 8 December 2007
Musée d'Orsay
Auditorium niveau -2

Unlimited free entry through Gate C

Doors close 20 minutes after the session begins


New approaches

I. The embodiment of painting (10am-1pm)

  • Opening of the symposium by Serge Lemoine, President of the Musée d'Orsay

Linda Nochlin (Institute of Fine Arts, NYU), chairperson

  • The influence of biography in Courbet's art, by Petra Chu (Seton Hall University, South Orange, N.J.)
  • Gustave Courbet and 18th century art: sources, themes and narratives, by Michèle Haddad (independent researcher)
  • The substance of Realism: The body as depicted by Gustave Courbet, by Frédérique Desbuissons (University of Reims-Champagne-Ardenne)
  • Discussion and break
  • Courbet the freemason: fantasy or reality?, by Bruno Chenique (independent art historian)
  • Courbet, a left-wing artist?, by Jean-Luc Mayaud (Louis Lumière University, Lyon 2)
  • Gustave Courbet's photographic prints, by Paul-Louis Roubert (University Paris VIII-Saint-Denis)
  • Discussion
Thu 6 December 2007 - 14h00
Musée d'Orsay
Auditorium niveau -2

De 10h à 17h30

Courbet, a historical perspective

I. 1840s-1850s (10am)

Bruno Foucart (Paris IV - Sorbonne), chairperson

  • Courbet and Berlioz: Performing Nature, by James Rubin (State University of New York-Stony Brook)
  • Courbet and Baudelaire, by Valérie Bajou (National Museum of the Château de Versailles)
  • Countryside and phenomenology, by Paul Galvez (Columbia University)
  • Discussion and break
  • Courbet's Studio seen through gender studies, by Karen Leader (Institute of Fine Arts-New York University)
  • The nude and nudity in Courbet's painting, by Bernard Vouilloux (Montaigne University, Bordeaux 3)
  • Discussion


II. From Empire to Exile (2.30pm)

Klaus Herding (Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt), chairperson

  • The conversion of Castagnary, by Thomas Schlesser (associate researcher, EEHTA, EHESS)
  • Courbet's economic "realism" in the 1860s, by Jérôme Poggi (University of Paris I)
  • Millet versus Courbet, by Marie-Pierre Salé (Musée d'Orsay)
  • Discussion and break
  • The disturbing strangeness of certain hunts in Franche-Comté..., by Gilbert Titeux (Marc Bloch University, Strasbourg)
  • The lesson of Courbet: on the correspondence between Henri Fantin-Latour and Otto Scholderer, by Mathilde Arnoux (German Centre of History of Art, CAHA)
  • Discussion and conclusion by Laurence des Cars and Dominique de Font-Réaulx (Musée d'Orsay)
Fri 7 December 2007 - 10h00
Musée d'Orsay
Auditorium niveau -2

De 10h à 17h30

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