Gustave Courbet: View of Lake Geneva

Gustave Courbet: View of Lake Geneva

French painter Gustave Courbet was exiled to Switzerland in 1873 for involvement in the socialist revolutionary Paris Commune two years earlier. It was during this time in 1874 when he painted View of Lake Geneva (View of Lac Leman in his native French). This is one of the artist’s final works, he died three years later in 1877 at age 58 of liver disease due to his alcoholism.

Gustave Courbet’s View of Lake Geneva is in the National Gallery in London.

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