The painter’s studio: the representation of realism by Gustave Courbet
hen you look at art, you have to identify a story. Some works of art feature different perspectives to be seen by unique characters, however, some artworks have a very distinct story behind them. The Artist’s studio by Gustave Courbet is considered to have deep meaning because it is rather a testimony to the artist’s outlook on life.
Courbet describes the painting:
“A true allegory summing up seven years of my artistic and moral life”.
The painting is described as a manifesto that tries to critique the contemporary standard of art and how an artist does not really find their voice because he or she has to follow certain standards to become popular. For example, we have in the middle Courbet drawing a simple but beautiful landscape of nature, however, behind her back is a female model that represents the standard of modern art in the 19th century.
An artist’s mind is more complex than his heart and mind always contradict each other. We can see this present in the picture through the social behavior of the people drawn.
On the right, we have the upper social class who understand the finesse of art and, with their financial power, a kind of control, the industry and the standards that artists must follow.
On the left we have ordinary people who went through this in Courbet’s life, who didn’t have much of an impact and who didn’t care much about art but judged anyway.
In the painting you can see that some characters are watching Courbet’s painting and some are not trying to portray that in an artist’s head he is always being watched by the public even when he is painting which makes him gives the heart a canvas at odds with the mind that wants to be appraised.
Although many artists’ lives are described as very lonely, in their minds they are always watched by others and even small interactions can have a huge impact on their social behavior. This pavilion of realism created by Courbet is the best work of art when it comes to defining reality in the life of an artist. A beautiful but depressing life.
Courbet disagreed with the changes taking place in the art world. This industry was supposed to be about emotions and creativity and not about standards and demands, which is why this piece is considered a revolution in the world of art in the 19th century.
At the time the standards were either nude models or religious paintings but the artist chose to follow his heart by drawing nature. In this painting he wanted to show the true reality of the world as everything slowly became controlled by higher powers and in this case even the art itself.
The little child next to Courbet is a representation of his imagination used in art and what should be the main standard in the art industry. Some art critics say that the child is actually an admirer of landscape painting, depicting innocent people in the judgment of art by a mind not yet indoctrinated with the implicit norms of society.
Standing in the middle of the painting to get all the attention, the artist wanted to show that there is an important space of understanding between the public and the artist in the sense that the public will never see a work of art with the same eyes. the artist sees it.
In reality, people had long since forgotten the true meaning of art and the morals behind it. This job must be done by passion and great interest, and not by a demand that feeds the artist. The same goes for other types of art and even for writers who can be controlled by certain standards that attract higher readership.
Although the artist emphasizes art, the idea is that life is very different from what it is portrayed in contemporary texts or paintings. The artists tell a story that is not inspired by them but rather requested by others.