European Art
Artist: Gustave Courbet, French, 1819–1877

Hunter on Horseback

ca. 1864

Oil on canvas

unframed: 119.4 x 95.3 cm (47 x 37 1/2 in.), framed: 197.1 x 118 cm (77 5/8 x 46 7/16 in.)
Gift of J. Watson Webb, B.A. 1907, and Electra Havemeyer Webb
1942.301

The majestic figures of a hunter and his horse are set against a pale, wintery landscape, as they track the wounded animal that left bloody prints in the snow. This painting may have been part of a larger composition: Courbet listed it under "Studies and Sketches" in an exhibition of his work in 1867. It was still in the painter's studio upon his death a decade later.

Culture: 
French
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Paintings
Status: 
On view
Bibliography: 

George Riat, Gustave Courbet, peintre (Paris: H. Floury, 1906), 246, 254.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Loan exhibition of the works of Gustave Courbet, exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1919), no. 26, ill.

Charles Lger, Courbet (Paris: Éditions G. Crès, 1929), 122, 128, 216–17.

Pierre Courthion, Courbet (Paris: Librairie Floury, 1931), 84.

Yale University Art Gallery, Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1943), 4, fig. 11.

“Les Amis de Gustave Courbet,” Les Amis de Gustave Courbet 1 (1947).

Charles Léger, Courbet et son temps; lettres et documents inédits (Paris: Éditions universelles, 1948), 110.

Pierre Courthion, Courbet. Raconté par lui-même et par ses amis. Sa vie et ses œuvres. (Geneva: P. Cailler, 1948), 39.

Yale University Art Gallery, Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1960), 30–8, no. 3, fig. 1.

Louisine Waldron Havemeyer, Sixteen to to sixty: memoirs of a collector (New York: privately printed, 1961), 195.

Francoise Forster-Hahn, French and School of Paris Paintings in the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1968), 5–6, fig. pl. 8.

“Bulletin of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts,” Bulletin of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts 12 (1972): 16.

“Les Amis de Gustave Courbet,” Les Amis de Gustave Courbet (1972).

Katherine Neilson and Andrew Carnduff Ritchie, Selected Paintings and Sculpture from the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1972), no. 75, fig. 75.

Marie Thérèse Lemoyne de Forges, Autoportraits de Courbet, exh. cat. (Paris: Éditions des Musées nationaux, 1973), 45, no. 6, fig. pl. 56.

Robert Fernier, La vie et l’œuvre de Gustave Courbet : catalogue raisonne´, II (Lausanne, Switzerland: Lausanne : Bibliothèque des Arts, 1977), 212–13, no. 375, fig. 375.

Pierre Courthion and Gustave Courbet, L’opera completa di Courbet (Milan: Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., 1985), 93, no. 361, fig. 361.

Sarah Faunce and Linda Nochlin, Courbet Reconsidered, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1988), 179–82, no. 69, fig. 69.

Burijisuton Bijutsukan, Gustave Courbet: 3 juin-6 aou^t 1989, Bridgestone Museum of Art, Tokyo, exh. cat. (Tokyo: Bridgestone Museum, 1989), 74, no. 23, fig. 23.

Michael Fried, Courbet’s Realism (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990), 287–90, fig. pl. 16.

Sarah Gaunce, Gustave Courbet (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1993), 100–01, no. 27.

Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Splendid Legacy: The Havemeyer Collection (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1993), 314–15, no. 138, fig. 138, pl. 22.

Pierre Georgel, Le Poème de la Nature (France: Gallimard, 1995), 96, ill.

Zörg Zutter and Nationalmuseum, Courbet: artiste et promoteur de son œuvre, exh. cat. (Paris: Flammarion, 1998), 22–25, 137, no. 26, fig. 16.

Nationalmuseum, Zörg Zutter, and Petra ten-Doesschate Chu, Gustave Courbet En Revoltör Lanserar Sitt Verk, exh. cat. (Stockholm: Flammarion, 1999), 22–5, no. 26, fig. 16.

Musee Fabre, Montpellier, Dominique de Font-Réaulx, and Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Gustave Courbet, exh. cat. (Paris: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2008), 404, no. 201, ill.

Dominique de Font-Réaulx et al., Gustave Courbet, exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2008), 404, no. 201, ill.

Klaus Herding, Max Hollein, and Schirn Kunsthalle, Courbet A Dream of Modern Art, exh. cat. (Ostfildern, Germany: Hatje Cantz, 2010), 73–4, fig. 6.

Michele Haddad, A la chasse avec Gustave Courbet (Besancon, France: Les Cahiers de l’Ethnopole, 2012), 100–101, fig. 52.

Les Chasses de Monsieur Courbet, exh. cat. (Besancon, France: Les Editions du Sekoya, 2012), 70–71, fig. 9.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.

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