Gustave Courbet, Self-Portrait at Sainte-Pelagie, 1871, Musee-Maison Natale Gustave Courbet,/ Giraudon / The Bridgeman Art Library International
Mary Tompkins Lewis profiles the recently expanded Musée Courbet in Ornans, France.
The expansion, Lewis notes, allows visitors to better understand the arc of Courbet's career. She adds: "The Musée Courbet also locates the artist securely within his native locale. One can glimpse from its windows the same chalky, limestone cliffs that Courbet painted with a palette knife and thick slabs of pigment, or the glimmer of scattered sunlight on the glassy stretch of the river seen here in his "Vue d'Ornans" (c. 1872)."
A must read post from Mario Naves begins: "it’s been a while since Cézanne and, for that matter, modernism have excited me... I’m beholden to modernist precedent. But what’s excited me the past few years isn’t modern at all. It’s newer than all that." Naves' point is serious, it's easy for an artist's historical canon to become too narrow. He highlights "forever contemporary" artists such as Memling as well as artists today whose work engages in dialogues outside modernism.
Edited by artist Brett Baker, Painters' Table highlights writing from the painting blogosphere as it is published and serves as a platform for exploring blogs that focus primarily on the subject of painting.