The Diligence in the Snow

A diligence is a type of coach, which can here be seen overturned in the snow.

This work was originally called 'Naufrage dans la Neige' (Shipwreck in the Snow), with 'Montagnes du Jura' added on occasion. The present title was also used by the artist. Courbet is said to have witnessed a similar accident when on a hunting expedition in the forest of Livier in the Jura.

Key facts

Artist dates
1819 - 1877
Full title
The Diligence in the Snow
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
137.2 x 199.1 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Sir Hugh Lane Bequest, 1917
Inventory number
Location in Gallery