Munich; Neue Pinakothek: Gustave Courbet “Schleuse im Tal von Optevoz” 1854

by Venetia Kapernekas

A rainy and misty afternoon brought me to Neue Pinakothek to see the painting by Gustave Courbet and much of research about “THE RIDDLE OF ‘THE SLUICE GATE AT OPTEVOZ”


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One painting in the Neue Pinakothek highlights the speed with which firmly established facts can dissolve in light of new research. ‘The Quarry of Optevoz’ was acquired in 1910 as a painting by Gustave Courbet, and has long been considered an important early example of the famous artist’s landscape paintings. A restoration of the painting, however, revealed that Courbet’s style and signature came from a later, posthumous revision, probably painted by Courbet’s contemporary Charles François Daubigny (1817–1878). The exhibition uncovers the thrilling story of this painting and sheds light on the context of its creation. (Neue Pinakothek press release)


Gustave Courbet
Schleuse im Tal von Optevoz, 1854
© Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Neue Pinakothek München

it is one of my favorite museums for sunday afternoons.. already the festive note is around.

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