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Subjects : Genre scenes
Keywords : hat, man, stone-cutter, worker
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Les Casseurs de pierre

Les Casseurs de pierres (The Stone Breakers) was painted in 1849 by Gustave Courbet and destroyed in 1945 during a bombing raid in Germany. It measured 165 × 257 cm. Two life-size men stand out against a dark hillside. In rags and broken bodies, they turn their backs to the viewer, absorbed in their task. In the foreground, a man with a hammer"; in the background, a man with a stone; in the background, on the left of the canvas, a wicker basket; on the right, a pot, a spoon and a piece of black bread in a saddlebag. " The large orange signature is at bottom left. The picture was painted in 1849 and was one of three works Courbet exhibited at the Salon of 1850-1851 (along with The Peasants of Flagey Returning from the Fair and A Funeral in Ornans). Courbet recounts how he came across these workers by the side of the road: "I was on my way to the Château de Saint-Denis to paint a landscape, (...) I stopped to consider two men by the side of the road; it is rare to come across the most complete expression of misery, so I immediately came up with a painting". The two men had agreed to pose for the painter. Courbet presented his painting as follows: " - Letter from Courbet to Jules Champfleury, Ornans, spring 1850"; It was first exhibited at the Salon of 1850-1851, then at the Courbet Exhibition of 1867, after which it was bought by Laurent-Richard, who sold it to M. Binand in 1871. In 1909, after Binand's death, it was acquired by the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in Dresden: the [...]


This artwork is a painting from the classical period. It belongs to the realism style.


« Les Casseurs de pierre » is kept at Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden, Germany.


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