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View of Lac Léman
Gustave Courbet

In 1873, following his imprisonment for his political activities during the Paris Commune, Courbet went into exile at La Tour-de-Peilz beside Lac Léman (Lake Geneva). This picture probably belongs to a group of views of Lac Léman painted in 1874. In technique and composition it recalls Courbet's earlier views of the Channel coast, which were influenced by Eugène Boudin and James Abbott McNeill Whistler.

Key facts
Artist Gustave Courbet
Artist dates 1819 - 1877
Full title View of Lac Léman
Date made 1874
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 38 x 55.5 cm
Inscription summary Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit Bequeathed by Sir Robert Hart, Bt, 1971
Inventory number NG6396
Location in Gallery Room 44
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