COURBET, Gustave
(b. 1819, Ornans, d. 1877, La Tour-de-Peilz)

Landscape with a Dead Horse

Oil on canvas, 45 x 56 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

The penetrating whiteness of the horse's corpse lying in the central foreground, contrasted with the sullen green of the forest behind, gives this provocative subject an elevated, almost religious inflection.

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