Gustave Courbet(1819 1877)
Private collection, Germany
Jean-Jacques Fernier, vice president of the Institut Gustave Courbet has authenticated and dated this work to the autumn of 1858. It was at that time that Courbet discovered the pleasures of hunting in the forest of Francfort, in the Jura, while staying with friends. The combination of precision and boldness in the draftsman’s touch, along with the compositional setting, are characteristic of Courbet’s work on paper during this period.
The theme of deer in the forest is an important one in Courbet’s painted works from the late 1850s through the 1860s. This particular sheet does not correspond to a specific painting, and appears to have been conceived as an independent work in its own right.
The drawing will be published in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of Courbet’s work, currently in preparation by Jean-Jacques Fernier.