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The Diligence in the Snow
Gustave Courbet

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 Gustave Courbet
Artist dates 1819 - 1877
Full title The Diligence in the Snow
Date made 1860
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 137.2 x 199.1 cm
Inscription summary Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit Sir Hugh Lane Bequest, 1917
Inventory number NG3242
Location in Gallery Not on display
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